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Server Hosting and Administration

| Requests and Rates | Service Metrics | Service Narrative 2015 | Service Owner: Matt Parks |

NIU’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides and supports a variety of hosting and management options for both physical and virtual server environments.

Virtual Servers: Virtualization allows multiple and independent virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical server. Currently managing more than 1,000 VM’s, DoIT has dramatically lessened the cost of cooling systems and network infrastructure while saving additional space in our data centers. Moreover, these VM’s can be configured and delivered within one week of receiving the customer request: a fraction of the time it would take to quote, purchase and install a physical server.

At NIU, RAM and CPU can easily be scaled up or down for anticipated increases or decreases in use throughout the year. Popular cloud-hosting services like Amazon and Microsoft currently do not include support or backups in their advertised monthly fees, making the DoIT offering more than cost-competitive.  DoIT support includes:

  • OS support (Windows or Linux) including license fees, upgrades and security patches;
  • nightly backups with restores available for 30 days;
  • hardware maintenance and monitoring 24 / 7 / 365 with alerts and optional reports emailed to customers;
  • high-speed low latency interconnections to enterprise-grade storage and the NIU network with bandwidth speeds up to 1Gbps;
  • network connection fees; and
  • virus protection

Physical Server Administration: DoIT no longer offers server administration for physical servers.

Option Rate Request
Firewall Rule Request  free Security Services

VM: Base Environment for Production

  • 1 vCPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50GB SAN-attached storage

$150 setup fee


  • $20/month/vCPU
  • $5/month/GB of RAM
  • $5/month/25 GB of SAN-attached storage
DoIT Forms -> Servers

VM: Base Environment for Development using same configuration as paired Production Environment

$30/month DoIT Forms -> Servers
VM: Request server snapshot prior to upgrade to allow easy rollback free Email
VM: Request monitoring reports free Email