Server Hosting

The Department of Information Technology operates two climate-controlled server rooms with battery backup; one located on the main campus near the IT Office in the lower level of the Kresge Building and the other at Landmark Center.  An additional disaster recovery facility is maintained offsite.

Major servers under HSPH management include:

  • 14 node vSphere cluster
  • Novell OES servers for file and print sharing
  • Dell/EMC mirrored SAN

These servers power dozen of key applications including:

  • Web, database, middleware application servers, and video servers
  • Ellucian Banner student information system (SIS) server
  • PowerFAIDs financial aid system
  • Operations Office monitoring systems
  • EMS Room scheduling system
  • Curvita grant management system
  • Dozens of smaller task-specific servers

The server team provides both free and fee-based services to the community.

Free Server Room Space

In an effort to consolidate and protect servers, secure server housing for departments in our card-accessed, climate-controlled server room is available free of charge.

Managed Services

Groups may also contract with the Department of Information Technology for managed services.  These services are billed per server per year for management and for disk space charged on a per MB per year basis.

Server Management Contracts

HSPH has two options for departments that have a need for a large amount of disk space.

Option I — Purchase Space on Existing Server

Space may be purchased on our SAN at the rate of $60.00/GB/Year.

This fee includes:

  • 24/7 support and monitoring
  • mutiple staff members preforming the management
  • nightly backups
  • storage of the backup tapes in a locked cabinet
  • storage of the last weekly backup tapes to a fire-proof safe in a different building
  • install server based virus scanning software and keep it up to date daily
  • monitoring all security updates and apply them ASAP
  • manage user and group permissions and directories
  • manage user accounts
  • full offsite disaster recovery

Option II — Purchase Management Services by HSPH staff
For those departments that have a need for their own server, we offer fee-based, non-core server management services to HSPH departments. We currently manage any Novell Netware or Microsoft Windows Server OS.

Pricing is $10,634.37/year.

This includes:

  • 24/7 support and monitoring
  • housing of the server in our secured climate controlled and alarmed server room
  • mutiple staff members preforming the management
  • nightly backups
  • storage of the backup tapes in a locked cabinet
  • storage of the last weekly backup tapes to a fire-proof safe in a different building
  • install server based virus scanning software and keep it up to date daily
  • monitoring all security updates and apply them ASAP
  • manage user and group permissions and directories manage user accounts

We will not manage any custom or 3rd party software such as database applications under the normal pricing. Please call us to discuss these options. We can support some software, depending upon our experience with it.