Virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including virtual computer hardware resources. A virtual server runs its own operating system, and is indistinguishable from a traditional physical server. Each of these isolated virtual servers believes that it is a separate physical computer and behaves accordingly.
Each virtual server can run its own operating system (Windows or Linux), is assigned its own hostname and IP address, and may be independently administered, configured, and rebooted without affecting the other virtual servers. Centrally provisioned virtual servers offer flexibility, convenience, rapid deployment, economy, and high reliability and availability. They support sustainability initiatives by optimizing resource utilization and reducing energy consumption.
There is a departmental cost transfer required to provision a virtual server. The following are standard configurations and prices; however, alterations can be accommodated if needed (with corresponding changes to pricing):
|Operating System||CPUs||Memory||Disk Space||Cost|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2||1||4 GB||40 GB||$350/year.|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2012||1||4 GB||50 GB||$350/year.|
|Ubuntu Linux LTS||1||512 MB||10 GB||$50/year.|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux||1||1 GB||12 GB||$200/year.|
To request a virtual server from Information Technology, please contact the Service Desk and provide the following information: