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Specialist Services

Virtual Servers

IT Services provides dependable and resilient virtual servers for Schools and departments. Using industry-leading virtualisation software from VMware with high quality server and storage components we are able to offer reliable and highly-available virtualised servers that are centrally funded. 

Our data centres are mirrored synchronously – in real time – between two physical locations. The ability to move virtual servers to other physical hosts at either site gives an expected availability in excess of 99.99% and offers a complete failover option to another site in the event of a disaster affecting one of the sites or during planned site downtime. 

All storage is deployed over redundant disk arrays in a RAID configuration which offers excellent protection against disk failures. We use a number of separate backup technologies to ensure we can recover virtual servers in the event of a disaster and implement Microsoft shadow copies on departmental Windows virtual servers to allow server managers to recover individual files and folders. 

On all virtual servers, the operating system will be administered, updated/patched and kept secure by IT Services. Nominated service contacts/server managers will be responsible for the administration and security of the application layer.

IT Services offer managed virtual servers running both Windows and CentOS Linux operating systems.

  • Where applications require supplier installation and support, remote access via the VPN service can be provided upon request. 
  • Before requesting a virtual server you should contact to discuss requirements.
  • It is not possible to support hardware dongles or similar physical devices as this will prevent the virtual server from migrating between Data Centres during monthly maintenance or in a disaster scenario. 
  • To request a Virtual Server, Please contact the IT Service Desk or a Park IT Team member.