Appalachian State University

Data Center and Fiber Ring

Location: Boone, NC
Client:  Appalachian State University

Project Description:

Appalachian State University (ASU) is a member of the North Carolina state university system whose main campus covers 400 acres and serves 18000 students.  As part of an energy efficiency initiative and a strategic shift towards becoming a strong research university, ASU was considering whether to renovate existing data centers on campus or whether to construct a new data center off campus.

Vantage led ASU through the initial concepts, technical comparisons and cost evaluations, and the decision making process, conclusively approximating the need for a new data center and produced a technical program document to inform the data center A/E design team.  The modular and scalable design incorporates dedicated high density research computing space, colocation for departmental computing, secure storage, scalable modular UPS, data center infrastructure management (DCIM), enterprise KVM and reflects ASU’s strategic direction, energy efficiency goals, technology initiatives and ASU’s financial position.   Additionally, as the new location is off the main campus, Vantage designed a new fiber ring, using these technologies to connect to the new data center and enhance connectivity across the campus.


  • Strategic Planning
  • System Assessment & Planning
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Facilitated Workshops and Visioning Sessions
  • Technology Program Development
  • System Design and Documentation


  • Data Center
  • Fiber Networks


  • Modern Data Center with Future Capacity
  • Modular and Scalable Design
  • Reduced Energy Consumption
  • Enhanced connectivity Across Campus