Data center

Last updated on April 5, 2024

Provides comprehensive, research and enterprise-level data center facilities support for UW–‍Madison’s information technology infrastructure. IT equipment housed in DoIT’s data centers support critical services like CCI, Enterprise Shared Storage, My UW–‍Madison, Bucky Backup, Learn@UW, payroll and accounting systems. Additionally, the facilities provide economical high density research cluster hosting for CHTC, WIPAC, SMPH and more. Data Center Services hosts the connectivity of the UW–‍Madison campus network and other regional optical networks such as the Northern Tier Network (NTN) and BOREAS-Net, which serve UW–‍Madison and research institutions in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota and beyond.


  • Maintains high standards for security, access control and reliability
  • Backup cooling and power delivery systems provide highly available capacity for mission critical loads
  • Redundant network infrastructure provides an exceptional level of service availability
  • Optional high density power delivery for serving research clusters
  • Professional staff are knowledgeable about operation and administration of “architected, standardized” hardware, application, networks, environmental and software technologies
  • Operates in partnership with campus Facilities Planning & Management
  • Aligned with campus data center IT strategy


  • Long-term physical IT hosting
  • Data Center space for siting user hardware as a transitional move into shared campus compute and storage resources (CCI, Research Drive)
  • High availability or high-density power depending on load requirements
  • Optionally monitored servers and services
  • Incident management


Service Level Agreements can be tailored to specific needs. Rates are based on cost recovery and calculated based on total rack units (RU): $50/month/1-2 RUs. Subsidized hosting is available for research or research supporting loads, please inquire for eligibility.

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Available to

  • Departments
  • Faculty
  • Staff

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