Server Management

Virtualization, VM, SysAdmin

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.

Like most other enterprises, Emory has for years relied on vast quantities of computer servers to support its digital operations. Data Centers, rooms full of these machines, consume space and tremendous amounts of energy, as do their accompanying cooling systems and infrastructure.

Consolidating servers and creating a VM environment creates a Green domino effect. By decreasing the number of physical machines we minimize the amount of space needed for Data Centers and power needed to run and cool them. Less energy expense equals 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. Not only does it decrease our 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.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Supports a wide range of industry standard platforms: Windows, RedHat
  • Allows virtual machines to move between physical servers without any downtime
  • Solution provides high availability and capacity-based management
  • Lower Cost alternative to physical hardware
  • Provides a secure datacenter environment with access controls and proper environmentals
  • Windows Patching
  • Redhat Linux Patching
  • Monitoring
  • Backup/Restore