The Regional Council of Kainuu has allocated EUR 2.5 million in EU structural funding to a joint project between CSC and institutions of higher education. In 2014–2015, the project will build a module-based, energy-efficient and cost-effective datacenter environment at CSC’s datacenter in the Renforsin Ranta business park, Kajaani to be shared by institutions of higher education.
Finnish institutions of higher education have an estimated 160 local server rooms with an average lifespan of about ten years. Old server rooms are significantly less energy-efficient than modern ones. About 60–75% of a server room’s usage costs are energy costs, so inefficient server rooms generate costs of hundreds of thousands of euros per year. “A centralised solution could generate considerable energy savings for institutions of higher education and reduce the number of new server room construction projects, which burden the environment,” says Director Marjut Andler from CSC. The upcoming project will develop and pilot a model with which institutions of higher education can transfer their operations from local server rooms to a single, centrally maintained datacenter.
The first pilot user of the centralised datacenter solution will be the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), which also trains datacenter experts. “The project will enhance KAMK’s training expertise while also generating opportunities for students to write theses and gain work experience. It will also enable the identification of requirements for new businesses,” says President Turo Kilpeläinen.
Nationwide introduction of the datacenter environment and the controlled transfer of services is a process that will take years. “Universities of applied sciences are currently running a development project to structurally overhaul basic IT production. The Kajaani project will open up a new and interesting opportunity to offer energy-efficient and high-usage datacenter solutions for institutions of higher education in cooperation with CSC and KAMK,” continues Director of Information Management Tommi Kangasaho, Chairman of the KATe2 project steering group.
Those involved with the datacenter project are CSC, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), the CIO Network of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (AAPA), the KATe2 project, which is building shared basic IT solutions for institutions of higher education, and the Network of Finnish Universities’ Chief IT Officers (FUCIO).
President, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
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Chairman of the KATe2 project steering group
Director of Information Management, Lahti Region Educational Consortium
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Director, CSC – The Finnish IT Center For Science
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CSC – The Finnish IT Center For Science
CSC – The Finnish IT Center For Science is a non-profit, State-owned enterprise administered by the Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC offers technical services and resources for research, teaching, culture, and administration. Researchers can use Finland’s most extensive range of scientific software and scientific databases and Finland’s most powerful supercomputers through Funet data connections.
The KATe2 project for universities of applied sciences
KATe2 is a project to develop technological architecture for universities of applied sciences. The project’s goal is the cost-effective production of basic IT services for the entire UAS sector with the aid of system architecture and innovative production structures. It also seeks to improve the added value these services generate for teaching. The project is funded by Finnish institutions of higher education and the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK)
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary, proactive university with a strong profile. It seeks to promote Kainuu’s development with the aid of university-level expertise, experts and development activities. KAMK trains experts in economics, technology, social services and healthcare, travel, nutrition, and sports science. TKI (Research, Development and Innovations) activities serving regional business are one of KAMK’s strengths. CEMIS (Centre for Measurement and Information Systems) and the AIKOPA (Adult and Continuing Education) centre supplement KAMK’s expert and service offering.