Server Hosting for Physical Servers


The purchase of a physical server or purpose-driven computational appliance should be limited to cases of necessity, driven by specific needs that cannot be otherwise met. Researchers whose requirements can be met by virtual servers hosted at VM Hosting, AWS, or Azure, or whose computations can be cost-effectively accomplished at ICDS (Roar), AWS, Azure, or a national supercomputing facility, are encouraged to pursue those options.

Researchers requiring physical servers or computational appliances will need to arrange to have those devices hosted in a physically secure, professionally powered, professionally cooled, professionally maintained data center that meets Penn State standards.

Getting Started: 

Penn State Data Center Services offer a variety of physical co-location options. Visit the service's website for more information, including additional information on university-scale options.

As of 2018, several Unit IT groups may offer physical co-location options to researchers affiliated with their units. Researchers should contact their local IT Unit to initiate such conversations.

More Information: 

This service is part of the Computing, and the Research Data categories.



  • This is an active service


  • Data Center services are available to Penn State faculty and staff with the need to have physical equipment hosted


Information Security: 


  • There are no costs to place physical servers at Penn State Data Centers