Texas Tech is going big, with plans to build its own big data warehouse.
Texas Tech University plans to buy more than $6 billion in new technology equipment and software from Microsoft Corp. for $2 billion.
The Texas Tribune is reporting that Texas Tech and Microsoft will start using the $2.2 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health to help build a new data center that will hold a $1.3 billion database that will store and analyze data from across the state.
The $2-billion funding is part of a $5 billion federal-state partnership that is also providing $600 million in funding for a new digital infrastructure.
Texas is already using its own Big Data data center to analyze state and federal data for education, health care and government services.
The university will also use the $1 billion in funds to buy a $600,000 server and $400,000 networking equipment from Intel Corp. The data center will be a “high performance” data center, the university says.
The funding comes as Texas Tech continues to work with the Federal Communications Commission on a national network to provide high-speed Internet to schools.
The Federal Communications Administration (FCC) has set a goal of providing Internet service to 1 billion students by 2020.