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Server Colocation Service

Introduction

The Viterbi School has a limited amount of space available to host colocated servers at no charge for university-tagged, rack-mountable server-class systems that are used by VSoE faculty, program or research unit (collectively referred to as VSoE Unit) in support of research funded through VSoE. These servers typically have space, power, or cooling requirements that are not compatible with placement in regular VSoE office space.

Individuals interested in Viterbi IT Server Colocation Service should contact colo-mgmt@vsoe.usc.edu for service details and procedures to request for the use of the colocation facilities.

Viterbi IT Server Colocation Service provides an alternative to the feeā€based ITS colocation services. ITS charges a fee on a per rack basis.  Any kind of servers may be placed in these ITS racks. VSoE Unit with high-availability requirements in terms of backup power, power conditioning, advanced fire suppression system, and redundant HVACs should consider fee-based ITS facilities in CAL building on 3434 Grand Avenue.  Please refer to ITS website for details.


Service Description

  • Viterbi IT will provide rack space and will assist in hardware installation into the rack.
  • The VSoE Unit is responsible for payment of the installation of power circuits if the existing power circuits are unavailable or inadequate.
  • The VSoE Unit is responsible for UPS backup power, all systems management, monitoring, and hardware and software maintenance of the servers in the Viterbi IT colocation space.
  • The VSoE Unit is responsibile for payment of the installation of Ethernet ports for each server housed in Viterbi IT colocation space.  This cost is assessed by USC ITS.  Please refer to ITS Ethernet Port Installation web page for current pricing information. [http://itservices.usc.edu/ethernet-port/]
  • The VSoE Unit must agree to controlled access for a designated number of individuals in the colocation space and provide updates as necessary to Viterbi IT.
  • The VSoE Unit must designate a member of their unit as the point for contact for Viterbi IT Colocation Services.  Viterbi IT will contact the designated contact in the event of planned or unplanned outages affecting the colocated servers. 
  • Viterbi IT will provide minimal hardware intervention inside business hours; limited only to reading visible hardware indicators and attempting one power cycle of the server.


Requirements for a Colocated Server

Because of the space and architecture of Viterbi IT colocation space, servers to be colocated must meet strict conditions.

  • Servers placed in colocation space should be accessed remotely by users - Colocation space is not suitable for systems that require frequent access or are routinely used as a desktop system, or for tower-style desktop systems that are being used as a server.
  • Servers must be rack-mountable in a standard 19” rack. Servers must capable of being remotely monitored and maintained; locally-attached keyboards and monitors cannot be accommodated.

The VSoE Unit wishing to supply their own rack must discuss the requirements with VIterbi IT Colocation Service before obtaining the rack.


About the VSoE Colocation Facilities

The school has two server colocation facilities on UPC available at no charge for VSoE Unit to house servers funded through VSoE.

The facilities are connected to the USC ITS backbone network via two separate 10-Gigabit trunks for high availability. Where possible the VSoE Unit is provided rack space with one (1) 110V-20A circuit and assistance to rack-mount hardware. If the existing power circuits are not available, the VSoE Unit is responsible to install new appropriate power circuits as necessary.
 

  Facility Features
  PHE 108C
  EGG 120
Location
Main UPC
North UPC along Adams Blvd between Figueroa and Hoover
Network
USC Network
Up to 1Gbps
USC Network
Up to 1Gbps
HVAC
Yes
Yes
Uninterruptible Power Supply
No - User to self-provision
User to self-provision if existing UPS is not available
Power Generator Backup
No
Yes
Power
User shall install new power circuits if the existing 110V, 20A (NEMA 5-20R) 208V, 30A (NEMA L6-30R) are not available or inadequate
User shall install new power circuits if the existing 110V, 20A (NEMA 5-20R) 208V, 30A (NEMA L6-30R) are not available or inadequate
Raised Floor
Yes
Yes
Fire Suppression System
No
Yes - FM200
Water Leak Sensors
No
Yes
Remote Hands Response during
Business Hours (M-F 9am - 5pm)
Yes
No
Security
Key Access
Key Access / Intrusion Monitoring
Access
24 x 7
24 x 7


VSoE Unit that has research contracts with high availability requirements for their servers should contact colo-mgmt@vsoe.usc.edu to see how those requirements may be met.  Servers are allocated space in a rack that may be shared with other VSoE research servers.

Server racks in Viterbi IT colo spaces are designed for rack-mount servers and are not suitable for placement of tower-style servers.  Servers are installed in the rack in a uniform way to ensure cool air intake faces the front of the room (toward the entrance), and warm air exhaust faces the rear of the room.  

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