There are no “housing” costs for using space within the Research
Data Center. Requesting offices are required to pay for all expenses associated
with the installation of their equipment in the data center. This typically
includes the costs for racks, power, and networking. Charges are cost-recovery
Typical Installation Costs
The costs below are based on typical installations,
are provided for sample purposes only, and were established based on
pricing in January 2007. Your costs may vary.
Rack Costs (for Shared OIT Racks): There is a one-time
cost to install a server in a rack outfitted by OIT. Costs are based on
a rack “unit” aka a “U” (U is the standard for rack-mounted
components and is measured in rack Units, typically about 1.75-inch or 44.5mm
= 1U). This cost includes the rack space the machine occupies; costs for
the keyboard, video monitor, and mouse (KVM) switching for access; in-rack
UPS systems; power installation to the rack; floor cuts; and grommets. This
does not include networking for the system.
|$333/rack unit or slot
Network Wiring (for shared OIT racks): OIT Racks will
be equipped with 20 network ports available.
|$90 per connection
Network Wiring (when supplying your own rack): Includes
patch panels (server and switch), wiring, and labor. Network wiring will
be run on patch panels accommodating up to 6 connections, 7-12 connections,
and up to 24 connections. Network wiring costs are associated only with
the rack (or racks) requiring network connections, so if there are multiple
racks but only one that requires network access, this cost would only apply
to that rack.
|$800-1800 depending on required connections
Electrical Circuitry/Floor Cuts and Protective Grommets (when
supplying your own rack): There are no recurring electrical costs
however there are costs associated with the installation of equipment
as electrical circuits must be run from the power distribution unit (PDU)
to the equipment racks. Typical rack installations will call for three
to four 30A/120V electrical circuits and will cost about $1200-$1600 per
rack. This includes time and materials. This is a “per rack”
estimate. Labor costs (time) will be less on average for the installation
of multiple racks. Whenever possible, electrical installations will be
combined to lower costs.
Prices will vary for special receptacles or breakers, for 220V electrical
feeds or other special requirements.
|$1600 per rack
Network Connections: A significant amount of networking
infrastructure (switches, routers, etc.) is required for the Research Data
Center. The equipment cost and its associated maintenance was forecast over
a four year life cycle for an estimated number of ports. The resultant cost
per port over that period is $12 per month.
As of July 1, 2013, the per month service charge for data ports is $11
per port extending the per connection cost to $23 per month. This $11
per month service charge helps provide networking support and infrastructure
$23 per month per network port
$11 per month for each additional IP
Relocation Costs: OIT does not relocate equipment. Costs
associated with relocating equipment are borne by the equipment owner. OIT
recommends using a moving company that specializes in the relocation of
|Requesting Unit’s Responsibility
|Other Costs: Any additional costs specific to a unit's
equipment are the responsibility of the unit.
||Requesting Unit’s Responsibility