Server Management

Virtual Servers

Virtual server technologies represent the ability to host multiple servers within another server (host). A physical server uses only a fraction of their CPU’s to do work. A virtual server uses technology that makes it appear to mimimic multiple servers running at one time. This saves tens of thousands of dollars in costs for licensing, power, cooling, and space.

Another major feature of virtual servers is the ability to move a virtual server’s presence from one physical server to another without any downtime. In the event of an impending hardware issue of a physical server, all virtual servers can be migrated quickly. No reboots, No reinstalls, No Downtime.

MSU IT provides enterprise-level virtual server hosting to departments. The service offers access to the same high-performance, high-availability hardware, and security devices MSU uses to deliver mission-critical applications and services.

Benefits of virtualization:

  • Reduced overall cost of hardware including server and cooling system.
  • Increased energy savings in terms of server energy and cooling.
  • Added opportunity for IT service continuity in the event of a disaster.
  • Improved security of university data and IT assets.
  • Enhanced physical protection through video surveillance and restricted access to the data center environment.
  • Optional central backup for off-site storage of valuable information.

Self-Managed and Managed Options

MSU IT offers both self-managed and managed virtualization service models to departments at MSU.

Self-Managed Model

  • Virtual container for guest operating system
  • Self-management console
  • Dedicated VLAN
  • À la carte pricing
  • Optional file level backup
  • Optional firewall

Managed Model

  • Virtual container for guest operating system
  • Managed guests include:
    • Windows or Red Hat install
    • System administration
    • Firewall
    • Antivirus installation
    • Patching
    • Intrusion detection
    • Backup
    • Monitoring

For self-managed virtual server consultation and offerings, fill out the online contact form or call (517) 432-6200. For managed virtual server consultation, please call (517) 432-6200.

Colocation

Colocation allows departments to place their existing servers in a rack in the Computer Center Data Center.

Colocation is efficient, provides a high level of security of university data and IT assets, and can optimize server storage and overhead costs for departments and the university.

The Computer Center Data Center offers a secure, temperature-controlled environment with both house and UPS backed power.

Colocation is available at competitive rates that are charged to a departmental account on a monthly basis.

Benefits of Colocation:

  • Reduced overall cost of localized data center space and cooling systems.
  • Increased energy savings in terms of cooling.
  • Servers are located in a monitored temperature-controlled environment.
  • Power reliability and redundancy are achieved with both house and UPS power sources.
  • Critical information is protected with video surveillance and restricted access to the data center.
  • Multiple server and rack rates provide flexible options.

For colocation consultation or to request the service, fill out the online form or call (517) 432-6200.