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Virtualization and Private Clouds
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I wanted to ask the group a couple of questions regarding Private Cloud architecture.
1. How many institutions are using VM provisioning and some form of Private Cloud to provision servers to Academic departments, distributed IT groups, Students?
2. Do you use a single flat cloud, deploying any type of VM (ex. ERP Web Application Server, Student accessible database server for a class, Web/Database systems for publishing research data) without concern for where the workloads physically reside? Or, do you have some physical partitioning of VM servers, say a farm for public services, a separate one for sensitive data, another for academic uses, etc?
3. If you partition in some way at the physical server level do you follow that pattern at the network level, i.e. only make VLANs carrying like security level data available to farm components that process that security level (academic systems) or have specific network exposure (Internet exposed systems)
We’re re-visiting our VM architecture and are seeking out the current trend on what level to partition, if at all. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
University of Notre Dame