CIS Computing & Information Services

Hosting & Colocation

Note: System administration tasks such as user account management, and application management tasks such as database administration, web services configuration, etc., are not included as part of either service.


Virtual Hosting

CCV can provide virtual Linux server hosting, contingent on the availability of adequate CCV hardware resources to support the virtual server machine characteristics. This service includes the definition/configuration of the virtual machine, provisioning a RedHat/CentOS operating system image, periodic operating system updates, security updates, basic system service configuration and backup software installation.

Virtual servers have several advantages over physical servers:

  • They simplify hardware complexity and reduce staff effort and maintenance contract costs.
  • They provide time-sharing of underlying hardware resources, and reduce overall hardware, space, power and cooling requirements.
  • They permit simplified recovery from hardware failures (requiring only that the virtual machine be re-instantiated on another compatible hardware platform).

In order to accommodate special requirements, the CCV management of each virtual host will be detailed in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be agreed upon by the PI and CCV management. The MOU will be subject to yearly review and renewal by both parties.

The service includes one virtual disk with a capacity of 250 GB. Additional virtual disks will be available at pricing roughly equivalent to RData pricing. In addition, RData shares can be mounted on the virtual host.

Colocation

Contingent on space, power and cooling capacity, CCV will provide hosting and systems management services for Linux servers running the RedHat or CentOS operating systems. Systems management is defined to mean operating system installation, basic system services configuration, periodic operating system software updates, configuration of backup software and hardware troubleshooting.

Only hardware approved by CCV staff as suitable will be approved hosted servers. Since the details of hosted servers will likely vary, the CCV management of each will be detailed in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be agreed upon by the PI and CCV management. The MOU will be subject to yearly review and renewal by both parties.

Unless there are special requirements dictating the use of physical hardware, virtual servers are strongly recommended.