NSA is on the verge of kickstarting its new data center in Bluffdale, Utah. The data center has been propped up with a rather hefty budget of $1.2 billion. Interestingly, the agency has reached out to the University of Utah and is helping it launch a program meant to specifically educate and train students about data center technologies.
Data centers are not something new and a number of tech giants, such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and others, already have multiple operational data centers. However, most of these companies deploy proprietary technologies at these facilities and tend to keep things secretive about them.
That is precisely the reason why not many people out there know about how things work in data centers. This includes university students too since companies wouldn’t let anyone but their employees access the data centers. When NSA ventured to launch a new data center of its own, it ran into a problem. There were no equipped personnel out there who could handle data center operations.
So the agency came up with a rather interesting idea and reached out to Richard Brown, the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. According to him, “They contacted us and said: ‘You know, there’s not a good program in the country for educating people on how to design and operate these data centers.”
The university has decided to collaborate with NSA in launching its ‘Data Center Engineering Program.’ Under this program, students will be offered both bachelors and master-level degrees which would qualify them to work specifically with data center technologies.