Lakeland Community College consists of four primary locations; the main campus, located northeast of Cleveland in Kirtland, OH, 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. The data must also be able to support Lakeland's extensive distance learning program. 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. That's where Great Lakes Case & Cabinet comes in.
As Lakeland's energy-savings initiative unfolded across campus, the data center also underwent improvements. Beginning in 2011, the original data center building was remodeled and a new wing was constructed that would house the updated data center. In 2012, Great Lakes worked closely with the facilities manager at Lakeland to understand their goals and vision of the data center and campus and to help future-proof the data center. Over the past few years, Great Lakes has been able to provide Lakeland with dedicated support. In 2016, Lakeland continued with its plan to future-proof the data center by adding overhead containment.
With Great Lakes, customers are not confined to an out-of-the-box solution. Out-of-the-box solutions usually limit the customer to where and how installation can occur. Great Lakes is able to source containment options from multiple vendors - Great Lakes will work with the customer and based on their needs and infrastructure requirements, will determine the best containment solution together.