The Infrastructure Group maintains Suffolk’s virtualized servers as an alternative to physical servers. This virtualization technology allows the University to host multiple virtual servers, each of which function as a complete and independent server, on a single physical server.

The virtualization platform is a centralized VMware environment that provides virtual servers to both Information Technology supported services, and to applications and services supported by departments across campus.

Advantages of virtualized servers:

  • Enterprise solutions at a low cost built on enterprise caliber servers, networking, and storage.
  • Scalability and flexibility over physical servers allowing maintenance and upgrades to the background hardware without incurring downtime.
  • Hardware high availability due to redundant back end hardware.
  • Faster server deployment since there is no need to purchase, install, or configure hardware.
  • Improved utilization of staff by freeing them to refocus on the mission of the organization rather than on hardware acquisition, maintenance, and support.
  • Supports campus green initiative saving power, cooling, and data center space.