Virtualization and SAN Storage:
Why do you want your server systems virtualized, Private vs. Public
Today’s schools host ever growing numbers of applications to support their education and operational systems. Accommodating these server applications in an ad-hoc basis can be an expensive business. Management of these systems becomes more and more complex over time. Hosting these services on the public cloud could be a good option for schools that have good internet connectivity and a security policy which allow them to put these servers in the public domain. Hosting your services on a public cloud can be managed by paying the hosting costs as a part of operational costs. The operational cost for private cloud hosting is mostly higher than the capital investment for setting up a private in-house data center. For those schools that want to host their software services in house, we can help them with the setup of their own private server systems (private cloud) using free open source virtualization and storage technology.
Advantage of virtualization
Virtualization and Storage technology allows you to run multiple virtual services on a set of redundant hardware and shared storage units. This allows bringing a physical server off for maintanence while moving the running virtual server to an another physical server without stopping the processing . In such an environment you can scale up hardware resources as the system resource requirement grows. If schools invest in its own server systems, using virtualization and storage technology can reduce your capital investment as well as your operating expense. Technology management becomes simple. Virtualization requires smaller technical teams for system management, consume less power, provide scalability and high availability.
How can we help
We can help your school setup and deploy their server systems using open source technology like proxmox, Citrix xen, nexenta, openfiler etc. with backup systems and automated systems monitoring. We can also manage these systems as a managed service with service level agreements (SLAs), which includes proactive monitoring, technical support, update and upgrade, backup and recovery.