Division of Information Technology Services

Hosting Options for Servers & Applications

The ITS data centers are specifically designed for the support of computer & network equipment. These computer rooms can offer the following:

These facilities enable ITS to offer hosting services to our clients across campus. This offers individual departments an alternative to maintaining their own computing facilities. Use of this service may also eliminate the need for departments to purchase and maintain their own hardware.

The following explains the various options available. For specific pricing information for all options, please refer to the ITS Services Document.



OPTIONS

1) Hosting your server in the ITS Data Centre

In a situation where you need to maintain your own hardware platform, ITS can house this server for you. This option saves you the work and cost of establishing and maintaining a location that provides the physical security and environmental controls needed to house these critical machines.

When preparing to purchase a new server, we welcome the opportunity to review your requirements with you. Based on our experience, in order to maximize the resources available in our machine room and minimize unexpected problems, we have established a standard server model that we can recommend when appropriate. This hosting option is limited to rack mounted equipment only.

Request form for hosting a physical server.



2) Virtual Server

Using a Virtual Server environment allows the application to live on a shared hardware platform, but is configured to use an independent copy of the operating system. This option is the best choice when the application must be supported by an external group OR the application does not run successfully on the same Operating System with other software applications.

The virtual server (often referred to as a "slice") can be updated, restarted and otherwise maintained without impacting the other applications on the same hardware.

Price for a virtual server includes the following:

Specific licensing for database applications will be priced separately. At the time of setup a system administrator must be assigned to the server. This administrator will assume the day to day maintenance of the server regarding patching, user access, etc. in the same way you would administer a physical server. ITS can provide resources to assume this role if needed – please refer to the ITS Services Document for current pricing for this type of support.

Request form for acquiring a virtual server.


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