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For those buying servers, we strongly recommend the use of virtualisation when provisioning new services. It saves on the proliferation of hardware, so is environmentally friendly. Depending on application our desktops can support a number of virtual hosts without any significant overhead. Each could be running services that traditionally would have been run on dedicated physical hardware. If you or your institute do not have the option to pay for dedicated hardware, running a virtual service on your own DICE desktop can be a way to get something going, anyway.

We currently only support VirtualBox on DICE for staff and research postgraduates wishing to run their own virtual hosts on their DICE desktop. Some teaching courses also use a shared VirtualBox image for students to use on DICE desktops in the student labs, in particular where the requirements of the course are not easy to deploy natively on DICE desktops.

For those with laptops we provide Virtual DICE, a DICE environment in a virtual machine.

We use KVM for running our own virtual services, but this is under testing and only available on request.

We also provide commodity KVM service for running certain public-facing services. Again, contact us for details.

IS provide a charged virtual hosting service as a managed platform for hosting Windows, Linux and Unix services on a highly resilient virtualisation platform based on VMware.

Last reviewed: 
01/06/2017

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