The University of Texas at Austin

Virtual Servers

Overview

UT Virtual (UT-V) provides cost-effective, reliable virtual machines (VM) based on the VMware vSphere infrastructure. UT-V is intended to serve departments, colleges, and research units that benefit from the gains provided by server virtualization: improved server reliability and availability, lower total operational costs, and smaller carbon footprint through more efficient utilization of physical servers.

UT-V is Recommended for: UT-V is Not Recommended for:
Web Hosting Servers High-Performance Computing
Application Servers High-Performance Database
Test and Development Servers Servers that require OS-level clustering

Features

  • Lower capital costs for Customers by reducing need for IT infrastructure purchases
  • Enterprise scale virtual service infrastructure, including:
    • Proactive maintenance of all necessary infrastructure components including physical servers, networking, storage, VMware management software
    • UT-V is housed in secure University Data Centers to take full advantage of redundant power, cooling, and state of the art facility support
    • Redundant Ethernet connections to network in full compliance with University Data Center dual networking failover (LACP) guidelines
    • Reduced downtime for physical infrastructure maintenance
  • Customers retain system administration of UT-V VMs
  • Add-on Features:
    • Additional storage is available in 1GB increments at extra cost
    • UT VM level backups available for legacy (pre-existing) VMs at extra cost. Requests for legacy VM backups can be submitted through the ITS Helpdesk
    • Standards-based systems administration for a UT-V VM is available from ITS Managed Server Support as a fee-for-service
  • UT-V saves significant power - approximately 6570 kWh per year per virtualized server
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Cost

2014-2015 Year Pricing

Option Specifications Cost/Year
Memory 1GB. See Notes on Provisioning $59
1 vCPU per virtual machine. Additional vCPUs available. See Notes on Provisioning $0
High Performance Storage (Tier 1) 1GB $1.12/GB
Mid-Tier Performance Storage (Tier 2) 1GB $0.17/GB
Backup Storage 1GB Increments. See Notes on Provisioning $0.09/GB


Configuration Examples

Customer Configuration Cost/Year
Windows VM with 4GB vRAM $236
100GB High Performance Storage (Tier 1) and $112
250GB Mid-Tier Performance Storage (Tier 2) $42.50
TOTAL $390.50
Windows VM with 8GB vRAM $472
35GB High Performance Storage (Tier 1) and $39.20
250GB Mid-Tier Performance Storage (Tier 2) $42.50
TOTAL $553.70
Linux VM with 1GB vRAM and $59
40GB High Performance Storage (Tier 1) $44.80
TOTAL $103.80

Notes on Provisioning

Please see the Notes on Provisioning section of the UT-V Polices page for more information.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!