University of Minn. Closed Data Centers Instead of Upgrading Them

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The University of Minnesota’s data centers manage and store everything from grades and financial data to the websites’ servers.

Data centers use more than 2 percent of the electricity in the U.S., according to a 2011 study from Stanford University.

In 2010, the Office of Information Technology had plans to purchase portable data centers to increase energy efficiency, which would have cost up to $7 million.

But instead, the office canceled the project altogether and consolidated the University’s then-several data centers into one main location and a backup.

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