Virtual Server Hosting Details

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OIT Virtual Server Hosting service offers “bare metal” virtual machines, provisioned with network and storage resources.  Customers have the option to install, configure and operate the server operating system and applications of an administrator’s choosing, to benefit their local departmental needs.  By deploying servers on OIT Virtual Server Hosting platform, administrators can quickly configure and deploy servers, without concern for the purchase, maintenance or replacement of the underlying hardware.  The services which are hosted on OIT’s enterprise infrastructure in the OIT Data Center provides customers the benefits of highly redundant, highly available environmental systems which are not normally available to smaller departments.

The service helps increase server reliability, as well as achieve campus goals of efficiency in power and cooling.  Old unreliable equipment can be decommissioned, while the server’s software and functionality is retained in a Virtual Server environment.  Where the server may have once run on inefficient equipment, it now runs atop a platform tuned for optimization of electrical and cooling resources.  The Virtual Servers environment also provides additional benefits, such as migrating a running server between physical hosts during maintenance and the 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 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 OIT 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.

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