Data Center Consolidation at the University at Albany

  • Rebecca L. Mugridge University at Albany
  • Michael Sweeney University at Albany


This paper describes the experience of the University at Albany (UAlbany) Libraries’ migration to a centralized University data center. Following an introduction to the environment at UAlbany, the authors discuss the advantages of data center consolidation. Lessons learned from the project include the need to participate in the planning process, review migration schedules carefully, clarify costs of centralization, agree on a service level agreement, communicate plans to customers, and leverage economies of scale.

Author Biographies

Rebecca L. Mugridge, University at Albany

Associate Director for Technical Services and Library Systems

University Libraries

Michael Sweeney, University at Albany

Head, Library Systems Department

University Libraries


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How to Cite
Mugridge, R. L., & Sweeney, M. (2015). Data Center Consolidation at the University at Albany. Information Technology and Libraries, 34(4), 18-29.