One of many universities looking to future-proof its data center, Lakeland Community College offers associate degrees, technical certificate programs, and noncredit workforce and professional development courses to more than 20,000 students across its four primary locations. The main campus, located northeast of Cleveland in Kirtland, Ohio, is the hub of Lakeland’s information technology facilities. Lakeland’s data center is responsible for ensuring that many services, including administrative functions, file storage, and multimedia file sharing are accessible to students and faculty.
In addition to supporting local students, and perhaps more importantly, the data center must be able to support Lakeland’s extensive distance learning program (which includes online courses and interactive video conference) so that it can provide dependable services to students across its campuses in Ohio as well as students enrolled throughout the US. In order to maintain reliable services, the Lakeland Community College data center must properly manage power, cooling, cable management, and its ability to scale as the college grows.
In the following case study, learn how Great Lakes worked closely with the facilities managers at Lakeland to understand their goals and vision of the data center and campus. Initial discussions included topics on how to properly cool the data center, internal and external cable management, grounding requirements, and cabinet identification. The ultimate objective of Lakeland was to “future-proof” its data center, or ensure the cooling capacity, cable management, and power management could continuously be upgraded throughout the life of the data center, all while utilizing the same equipment (including enclosures) chosen in the initial design phase.
To learn more, download the case study detailing Great Lakes Case & Cabinet's solutions for Lakeland Community College.