Virtual Server Hosting

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Zoom logoEach virtual server or VM is it’s own operating system instance, separate from other VMs. This is generally the most cost effective option for hosting as the hardware and maintenance costs are shared among all VM owners. Any application is a good candidate to be run in a VM regardless of the resources required to effectively run the application.

Benefits & Features

  • Server consolidation: If applications running on a server do not utilize the computing resources of the systems' processor,  they can be consolidated onto a smaller number of servers using virtualization technology. UNL can boost hardware utilization.
  • No physical hardware dependency: If a physical server fails, the VM server will automatically restart on another host. VMs can be moved while online to another host for various hardware and software maintenance tasks.
  • Physical Disaster Protection: A copy of the VM is automatically created at the University's secondary data center and kept up to date within 4 hours.  Virtual machines are also automatically backed up and retained on defined schedule for up to 6 months.
  • Smaller footprint: Virtualizing servers decreases the number of physical boxes that the University must use. This means a smaller datacenter, with the resulting decreases in cooling and electrical costs.
  • Hardware costs: Because virtualization allows for greater utilization of existing resources, fewer physical servers are required, saving money both on upfront hardware costs and and on maintenance costs.
  • Flexibility and agility: Virtualization allows for the quick creation of different operating system environments, it is easy to run legacy applications alongside new versions, migrate applications to new environments, and restore systems in post-disaster scenarios.
  • Ease of Testing and Development: Virtualization speeds up the development and testing process because it makes it easier to create different operating system environments. Virtualization allows designers to compare application performance across different operating environments, as well as testing out applications in virtual environments (which therefore avoids destabilizing the system that users are currently using).


On-Premise Pricing:

Windows or Oracle Linux Virtual Server(1 vCPU, 4GB RAM, and a 60GB OS Partition) $534.00 $44.50
Additional Disk Space (in 10GB Increments) $1.56 $ .13 per GB
Additional RAM (per GB in 2GB Increments) $50.00 $4.16 per GB
Additional vCPU (per vCPU in 2 vCPU increments) $100.00 $8.33 per vCPU

Cloud provider pricing will vary by platform and requirements of the virtual server(s).  We pay the published rates for compute and storage but have discounts for data transfer charges.  Please contact us so we can help you get an accurate estimate of what it will cost to run your virtual server.


On-Premises Hypervisor: Virtual server hosting on our on-premises VMWare hypervisor, great all around option for all types of servers.

Azure Cloud: Virtual server hosting on Microsoft Azure, great option for globally available windows servers.

AWS Cloud: Virtual server hosting on Amazon AWS, great option for low cost linux servers.


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