New Service Launch! Server Virtualization is now a service offering!

October 8, 2009

What is it?

Server Virtualization is a method of running multiple independent virtual operating systems (VMs) on a single physical computer - like a single computer divided into multiple computers.

Why would you want it?
Server Virtualization is an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional IT infrastructure.

To support digital operations, Emory has historically relied on vast numbers of computer servers and data centers to house and cool them. Keeping up with IT demand meant adding more servers, expanding the accompanying infrastructure, and building new data centers. The machines and the exorbitant amount of energy and space they require have made data centers the most expensive real estate on campus. A less expensive and greener IT solution is server virtualization, which Emory has begun to adopt and promote.

Consolidating servers and creating a VM environment creates a Green domino effect. Decreasing the number of physical machines reduces the amount of space and energy needed to run data centers. Less energy expense means less carbon emissions. Emory's move away from physical machines to virtual systems demonstrates its commitment to economic and environmental sustainability.

From a financial perspective, server virtualization is an important expense-reduction initiative. UTS has saved more than a million kilowatt-hours of power a year and avoided adding expensive data center space. Not only does it decrease the need to purchase additional physical servers, it minimizes the requirements for server manufacturer contracts and implementation of supplementary infrastructure. VMs also cut out the waiting period between the order of a physical server, delivery, and installation.

Who is using it at Emory?
The Office of Development and University Relations
Emory Library
Emory College
Research and Health Sciences IT

Would you like more information?
Please visit the UTS Service Catalog