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Thursday July 24th, 2014

Virtual Server Hosting

Summary: Virtual Server Hosting provides a virtual server for departments with Web or application hosting needs. The service enables clients to operate a server on OIT’s enterprise infrastructure, with costs that are economical, fixed and predictable.

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Discussion

The Virtual Server Hosting service offers "bare metal" virtual machines, provisioned with network and storage resources. Customers may install, configure and operate the server operating system and applications of an administrator's choosing, to benefit local departmental needs. By deploying servers on the Virtual Server Hosting platform, administrators can quickly configure and deploy servers, without concern for the purchase, maintenance or replacement of the underlying hardware. As the service is hosted on OIT's enterprise infrastructure in the Academic Data Center, customers enjoy the benefits of highly redundant, available systems which are normally unavailable to smaller departments.

This service helps increase server reliability, as well as achieve campus goals of efficiency in power and cooling. Old, unreliable equipment can be retired, while the server's software and function is retained as a Virtual Server. Where the server was once running on inefficient equipment, it now runs atop a platform tuned for optimization of electrical and cooling resources. Virtual Servers automatically benefit from additional capabilities, such as migrating a running server between physical hosts for maintenance, and High Availability automated restart.

The service is hosted on an HP blade server chassis; each blade has four gigabit Ethernet network controllers, and the maximum possible RAM. Storage is provisioned via OIT's enterprise storage from NetApp, using an IP-based SAN. In addition to the redundant and high availability features in the hardware components, the VMWare virtual environment allows for dynamic movement of virtual servers between hosts, as well as High Availability (automatic restart) for virtual servers.

The equipment is located the Academic Data Center, utilizing the same infrastructure as OIT's other enterprise services: earthquake protection tables; redundant power sources; large-scale UPS; data center chilled water cooling; on-site emergency cooling; generator-backup power.

HP blades NetApp storage
HP Blade Servers NetApp storage

Configurations & Pricing

The service offers two configurations of virtual machines, Standard and Enhanced. Installations which replace outdated hardware while preserving the software instance are probably suitable for Standard. New installations with modern operating systems may be better targeted for Enhanced.

To further customize each server, customers may purchase additional disk storage in increments of 100 GB.

Configurations
  Standard Enhanced Additional Disk
CPU Cores 1 2 n/a
RAM (GB) 2 4 n/a
Disk (GB) 50 50 100
Fee (Monthly) $25.00 $35.00 $2.10
Fee (Quarterly) $75.00 $105.00 $6.30

Signup

To request a Virtual Server, please fill out the Request Form. One of our administrators will contact you with further information.

Please be sure to read the Operational Level Agreement.

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