When virtual server technology is used, ITS can achieve an 80 to 90 percent reduction in energy use compared to physical servers.
Servers require a significant amount of electricity to operate. They generate a lot of heat, so more electricity is needed to keep the servers cool. Virtual server technology allows one physical server to host 20 to 25 virtual servers.
The resources on a virtual server can be adjusted in response to spikes in demand for resources such as CPU, memory or storage. NIU initiatives such as Anywhere Lab and NIU enterprise applications such as Blackboard, GroupWise, Mobility Connector, OnBase and PeopleSoft all have virtual server components.
ITS hosted virtual servers at your service
- ITS hosted virtual servers are custom-built for your application. Implementation takes approximately one week.
- ITS maintains the host server and its physical environment, applies patches and updates, and creates backups.
- To maintain uninterrupted service, virtual servers are monitored 24/7/365. If there is a hardware failure, your virtual server will move to another host server. If a host server becomes overloaded, virtual servers are automatically redistributed to other servers with no interruption in service.