Virtual server hosting

Why virtualization?

The use of virtual servers moves the University towards the following goals:
  • Reduce overall cost of physical hardware.
  • Energy savings by reduction of physical hardware.
  • Minimizes duplicated services across campus.

Central IT has a robust virtualization environment with the capacity to host hundreds of Windows or Linux virtual servers. The virtual datacenter utilizes VMware and has a clustered environment between two datacenters.

This service appeals to departments who want to maintain autonomy over their server management without the expense of purchasing and housing their own hardware. Central IT can also manage the server OS installation, configuration, patching and maintenance, as well as backup/recovery, security, networking, hardware, storage and monitoring for those departments without their own system administrator. 

Pricing information

Cost model

  • You pay for a pre-allocation of resources which results in a predictable end of month billing.
  • You can expand/contract your resources at any time by submitting a service request.
  • CPU, RAM, and disk space can be changed dynamically later if needed. Over allocation wastes resources. It is very easy to add disk later, but very hard to take back unused disk, so it is always strongly advised that you start off with just a bit more disk than you actually need for the install and then add more disk if needed later. Any large disk requests will be reviewed.
  • General funded units receive up to 5 Base VMs at no cost but pays for all additions.  Any VMs over 5 requires prior approval from the ACIO-CCS.
  • Any large VMs (large number of ram, CPU, etc.) will need to be approved by the ACIO-CCS.
  • Base VM: 2 GB ram, 2 vCPU, 80 GB Hard drive
Basic Fee (base VM, licensing, support)
$55 per VM per year
vCPU (up to Max 8 Total)
$5 per vCPU per year
Memory (up to Max 64 GB Total)
$10 per GB per year
Tier I Disk Storage (up to max 1 TB total)
$0.75 per GB per year 
Tier II Disk Storage (up to max 3 TB total)
$0.40 per GB per year
Optional Basic Backup Support (30 days onsite)
Note: You must purchase software and operating system licenses for each virtual machine.

Tier I disk storage

Tier I disk storage is our highest performance tier designated for more demanding machine workloads. This is a combination of solid-state drives and fast 10K spinning drives known as hybrid storage.

Examples: Moderate to High I/O performance servers, database servers, application servers

Tier II disk storage

Tier II disk storage is intended for slower servers that don't require a fast I/O disk. The Tier II disk storage uses 7200 spinning drives and can provide large amount of storage for archiving. 

Examples: Low I/O performance servers, File servers, license servers, print servers 

Supported operating systems

Windows (32 bit and 64 bit)
Linux (32 bit and 64 bit)
Windows 7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Windows 8/8.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
Windows 10
CentOS 5/6/7
Windows Server 2003
Ubuntu Linux
Windows Server 2008/2008 R2
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 10/11
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2
Debian GNU/Linux 5/6
Windows Server 2016

Requesting a virtual machine

You need to be an authorized user before any VM request will be processed. Virtual Machine requests will typically take 24-48 hours to complete. Request a virtual machine.