Governor Patrick lead a list of academic and business leaders in cutting the ribbon for the facility.
It is a collaborative effort that includes academic institutions like the University of Massachusetts, Harvard, Boston University, M.I.T. and Northeastern University as well as government and the private sector,”There’s just a knowledge explosion happening in the economy today, and being able to take all that data and turn it into information and turn it into wisdom requires a tremendous amount of continuing capacity, we have that now,” says Governor Patrick.
Before the ribbon cutting we got a chance to tour the inside of the computing center.
It has the capacity for 10-thousand high-end computers and expansion capabilities for an additional 10-thousand computers.
It’s a new era for the paper city,”It’s kind of a move from making paper to making information,” says I.T. technology Leader Jim Culbert.
The computing center is designed to run efficiently and be a green computing center , not be an energy hog as many others are,”One is the selection of the location where more than 70 percent of the power comes from renewable resources particularly the dam on the Connecticut River,” says John Goodhue, director of the computing center.
The environmental footprint has been reduced so much that they expect an energy savings of 20 to 30 percent compared to other computer data centers.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse says the computing center is paying dividends for the city already,”This project has already meant a lot to the city of Holyoke, we’ve been able to utilize the project as a catalyst for more economic development in the art and innovation district,” says Morse.
The academic community says the center will allow the colleges and universities to tackle the most pressing issues in engineering and science while participating in the renewal of Holyoke and the region.