Hawaii to move IT systems to university data center
- By Leila Meyer
- Mar 22, 2016
To address the upgrade of the state’s legacy IT systems, ensure resilient backups and reduce costs, Hawaii’s Gov. David Y. Ige announced an agreement that will move some IT systems from the Kalanimoku data center to the University of Hawaii’s IT Center.
The university’s IT Center is a 74,000 square foot LEED Gold data center facility that opened in February 2014. It houses the enterprise information and communications technology systems for the university's 10 campuses. It features a "disaster-hardened, 8,000-square-foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications, high-quality space for faculty to develop digital content, meeting and training rooms with teleconferencing capabilities, modern workspaces for ITS staff, and an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response," according to state officials. The facility also maintains a secure environment with protocols for authorized personnel.
The state's Kalanimoku data center is an aging facility, and many of its components are due for refurbishment and upgrades. "The state has had IT facilities challenges for years, so when we were requesting state funding for the new IT Center we made clear our willingness to support other state programs as well," said David Lassner, president of the University of Hawaii. By using the UH IT Center, the state will be able to save millions of dollars in duplicative spending, according to state CIO Todd Nacapuy.
Under the terms of the agreement, the university will institute additional processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and with IRS and Criminal Justice Information Services rules regarding personally identifiable information.
The state will "remunerate the university for its costs each year, including a ‘true up,’ based on actual expenses from the previous year," according to information from the state.
This article originally appeared on Campus Technology, a sister site to GCN.
Leila Meyer is a freelance technology writer based in British Columbia.