Oak Ridge Schools recently opened a new Data Center at Oak Ridge High School, a press release said.
The Data Center will house all of the critical systems used to operate Oak Ridge Schools, including phones, e-mail, Internet access, and file storage, the release said. It will also serve as a connection point for the new, joint schools and city fiber project that will provide high-speed access to both the schools’ and the city’s operations.
The new facility will also allow for the consolidation of equipment previously stored at individual school buildings, the release said.
“This will result in a savings of operational costs, while providing a higher level of service to the students and staff,” the release said.
Doug Cofer, director of Oak Ridge Schools Technology Department, officially opened the newly developed Data Center, and members of the Oak Ridge Board of Education recently toured the facility.
Funding for the Data Center’s construction was accumulated during a three-year period, the release said.
“This [facility] is a great example of how the city and schools can work together to provide services more efficiently,” said Amy Fitzgerald, Oak Ridge Government Affairs and Information Services director.
The press release said the Data Center will fulfill the current need for security and reliability for all systems and allow for future growth.
“I’m very pleased to see this Data Center come online,” said Keys Fillauer, Board of Education chairman.
As Tennessee’s sixth-ranked school system, Oak Ridge Schools are dedicated to preparing students for their futures, which will be dependent on ever-evolving technology, the release said.