Information Technology Services Centre - Virtual Machine Hosting
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  • Virtual Machine Hosting

    Departments/Units/Colleges can subscribe a Special Virtual Machine (SVM) hosting service for hosting their website, application or server in ITSC.

    A Virtual Machine (VM) is a software implementation of a machine that executes programs like a physical machine. This VM platform (supported by VMware ESXi 5.5 at CheckPoint Virtual Edition), is a type of Cloud IT service which offers a VM with firewall protection, in monthly subscription basis, to provide flexibility for departments / units /colleges to acquire their own virtual machines instantly and to eliminate long acquisition process for physical machine.

    This special VM platform enables a more convenient and timesaving departmental system management. You can apply for a VM and modify the firewall rules at


    Available to


    Service Charge and Application
    Charged on an annual subscription basis
    For application, please write to ITSC Service Desk


    Service Availability
    24 X 7


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    1. Features

    • Five SVM packages, protected under a firewall, are available
       VM Scale Package Name Configuration Details 
       Small Model S (2 CPU core, 2GB RAM, 100GB disk)
       Medium Model M (4 CPU core, 4GB RAM, 100GB disk)
       Large Model L (8CPU core, 8GB RAM, 100GB disk)
      Extra Large Model XL (8CPU core, 16GB RAM, 100GB disk)
      2 Extra Large Model XXL (16 CPU core, 32GB RAM, 100BG disk)


      • All include a 100GB disk size
      • Additional Disk Storage can be offered in 100GB based (100GB, 200GB, 300GB, etc.).  In the Extra Large package and 2 Extra Large VM package, additional RAM can also be offered in 16GB based with maximum up to 64GB (16GB, 32GB, 48GB and 64GB).
    • Six OS packages are available to be pre-installed including
      1. Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Standard Edition (64-bit)
      2. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard Edition (64-bit)
      3. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Enterprise Edition (64-bit)
      4. Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition (64-bit)
      5. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64-bit)
      6. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit)
      7. CentOS 6 (64-bit)
      8. CentOS 7 (64-bit)
      9. Other (no OS pre-installed)
    • Regarding the network services allowed in firewall,
      • For incoming traffic, according to the University’s Firewall Policy and Security Standard on Firewall Configuration, there will be no more default services allowed for incoming traffic from Public Internet
      • For outgoing traffic, all traffic is allowed
      • VM owner can modify the firewall rules
    • Central Backup Service for SVM 
      • A simple and easy to use solution with everything operate via a web interface.
      • When the service is enabled on a SVM, it provides
        • SVM Daily Backup service
        • Self-service file level restore
        • Self-service backup status reports
        • On-demand full VM recovery
      • Visit its service page for its servcie charge and other details.