For IT Pros
This page contains information about the pricing structure of the CITES-hosted VMware services available to campus IT pros.
VMware server type
|Yearly charge||Monthly charge||Description|
|Small VM||$254.00||$21.17||Low Utilization CPU, 1GB memory, 50 GB Tier 2 disk|
|Medium VM||$546.00||$45.50||2 Virtual CPUs, 4GB memory, 50 GB Tier 2 disk|
|Large VM||$1,206.00||$100.50||4 Virtual CPUs, 10GB memory, 100 GB Tier 2 disk|
|Option||Yearly cost||Monthly cost||Description|
|Enterprise Backup||See the Backup Cost Estimator||See the Backup Cost Estimator||Less than $60 / year for 20 GB x 3 revisions stored|
|+ 1 CPU||$121.00||$10.08|
|+ each 1 GB RAM||$58.00||$4.83|
|+ each 1 GB Tier 2 drive space||$1.52||$0.13||<0.5 IOPS/GB|
|+ each 1 GB Tier 3 drive space||$0.44||$0.04||<0.08 IOPS/GB|
If you choose, you can use CITES Enterprise Backup to back up your virtual server.
To estimate how much it will cost to back up your particular server: Multiply the gigabytes of data you want to back up by the number of backups you wish to retain (up to 3). Enter that number into the Backup Cost Estimator.
Backing up servers with frequent or large file changes will cost more than servers with infrequent or small file changes.
For an outer-boundary estimate, if you used 20 GB of space on a virtual server, changed every file every day, and kept 3 sets of backups, it would cost less than $60 a year for backup service.
The first 50 or 100 GB of drive space is covered by the base VMware Server cost, as described above. Additional space can be purchased by the gigabyte, on either a monthly or yearly basis.
Tier 2 is the standard drive space offering. (See the FAQ for technical definitions of the different tiers.) Tier 2 and Tier 3 drive space are available for use by systems with unique storage needs, and will cost at least $0.04/GB. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your custom storage needs.
Each additional gigabyte of RAM costs $58.00 per year. This price includes hardware, software, personnel, power, and cooling costs. All prices were calculated by dividing the total cost by the estimated capacity of the hardware.
Each additional CPU costs $121.00 per year.
The base server's price assumes low virtual CPU utilization -- 10-20% of a physical core. If an application requires the reservation of an additional virtual CPU to function properly, it is probably using the entirety of a core (or about 8-10 times the standard allotment). Therefore, we charge for the 100% use of that core.
There are three primary options available.
- P2V: You can convert an existing physical server to a new virtual server with CITES' assistance.
- CITES-hosted, self-managed: You can create a new virtual server on CITES-hosted equipment, and manage all system administration, patching, and security yourself.
- CITES-hosted, CITES-managed: You can have CITES provide both the virtual machine and all system administration, patching, and security responsibilities.