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Three years ago, Carnegie Mellon University opened the Data Center Observatory – an answer to the ever-rising operational costs in IT. Administrative expenses were spiraling out of control because individual research groups within the university were running their own IT infrastructure, characterized by short periods of heavy use followed by many hours sitting idle and wasting energy.
The solution was to build an administered utility that provides computational and storage resources to the university community. Besides improving administrative efficiency, the DCO helped control power and cooling costs while letting researchers focus on what they do best rather than worry about maintaining their own mini data centers.
"We didn't have the name cloud computing [at the time] but as it turns out that's exactly what I was pitching to the university," says Greg Ganger, a professor of electric and computer engineering and director of Carnegie Mellon's Parallel Data Lab, a storage systems research center.

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