Santa Monica College

Information Technology Infrastructure Relocation Project

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Client:  Santa Monica College
Architect:  Morris Architects

Project Description:

Santa Monica College’s existing Data Center is located on the third floor of an existing Admin and Classroom building on campus.  This room supports the College’s internal academic and administrative systems in addition to hosting the College’s website, social media and other on-line presence applications.  Current conditions are cramped with no expansion capabilities, poor cooling capacity and inadequate power support for the network equipment, servers, storage and peripheral devices housed in this room.  Vantage Technology Consulting Group is working with the College to upgrade the College’s IT Infrastructure and design a new state-of-the-industry campus Data Center that will support Day One and future growth as the College continues to expand its technology support to its faculty, students and staff.

The IT Infrastructure Relocation project includes the design of a Data Center that meets the needs of the College.  This includes equipment cabinets to support the network, server, storage and other equipment required, with sufficient capacity to support expansion and growth.  The building systems are dedicated to serving the room and include resilient (N+1) power (UPS and generator backup) and cooling capabilities.  Smoke detectors and a gas-based fire suppression protect the space, while redundant connections to the campus-wide cabling system are provided to ensure a cable break does not impact access to the technologies housed in the Data Center.  The campus incoming voice and data connections are co-located in the facility.

The Vantage team is working with the College to develop a migration strategy to support continuous operation of the College’s IT Systems during the equipment move from the existing Data Center to the new facility.  This will address not only the physical move of the technology equipment but also the changes needed to the campus cabling in order to facilitate the move to the new location.

Services:

  • System Assessment & Planning
  • System Design and Documentation
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Architectural / Engineering Design Support

Technologies:

  • Structured Cabling
  • Wireless Access
  • Data Centers
  • Audio and Video Presentation System

Benefits:

  • Supports current needs and future growth of the campus
  • Dedicated detection systems insure ongoing operations of the data center should a cable break occur on campus
  • Migration strategy supports continuous operations during move and system upgrades.