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Hawaii To Use U Hawaii's Data Center

The state of Hawaii is moving some of its information technology systems from its Kalanimoku primary data center to the UH IT Center at the University of Hawai'i to provide resilient backup and reduce costs.

The UT 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 throughout the state. 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 a news release from the state. The facility also maintains a secure environment with protocols for authorized personnel.

Meanwhile, 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 Hawai'i, in a statement. By using the UH IT Center, the state will be able to save millions of dollars in duplicative spending, according to Todd Nacapuy, state CIO.

The state's Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) and the university's Information Technology Services (ITS) have signed a formal memorandum of agreement (MOA). Under the MOA, the university has agreed to put in place additional processes and procedures required for standards compliance by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Justice Information Services and personally identifiable information (PII).

Under the MOA, the Office of ETS 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.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].

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