The University of Texas at Austin

Growth of Virtual Machines on Campus

April 11, 2014

In March, the ITS Systems team provisioned 78 virtual machines (VMs) up from 57 in January. UT Austin has now surpassed the 1,000 VM mark and this number continues to grow. There are a number of departments in the process of migrating to VMs, such as the University Health Services and the College of Liberal Arts. The growth in data storage used by the VMs has reached 48 terabytes, up from 18 terabytes only a year ago.

The UT Virtual service (UT-V) provides cost-effective, reliable virtual machines based on the VMware vSphere infrastructure. UT-V is serving schools, colleges, and researchers, and administrative units who benefit from the gains provided by server virtualization: improved server reliability and availability, better security, lower total operational costs, and smaller carbon footprint.

The popularity of the UT-V service offering has also grown due to the UT System funding which enables Information Technology Services (ITS) to offer a VM for $100 per year. The goal of this funding is to improve information security at UT Austin by reducing the number of stand-alone servers on campus that are not kept up-to-date.

Throughout this period of rapid growth, the actual uptime was 99.997% which exceeds the Service Level Agreement goal of 99.5%. This result is truly impressive. Sincere thanks go to the ITS System team.

Learn more about this offering on the Virtual Servers website

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