CSCS provides a flexible framework for those requiring server resources for their work. We provide users with access to two different types of servers – physical (hosted) servers and virtual servers. These servers can either be subscribed to via our Server Management option, or users can choose the unmanaged option in which case they administer the servers themselves.
Physical servers are recommended for resource-intensive workloads (where significant CPU, RAM or IO capacity is required) or where specific or specialised hardware is needed. In this case, CSCS can advise and assist with the specification of the equipment, which can then be ordered via CSCS or independently. Hardware purchased independently may be subject to an installation fee on placement in the CSCS Server Room. Physical servers located in the CSCS Server Room are subject to a fee for rack space rental.
Servers may be placed in the Server Room either on a hosted basis, in which case users will be provided with rack space, power, and network connection, or on a managed basis. If users opt for the managed service they will be provided with rack space, power, a network connection along with CSCS support for the Operating System and in-warranty hardware where purchased through CSCS.
Virtual Servers are suitable for the majority of non-intensive workloads, e.g. web server, file server and small to medium databases that do not perform extensive computational work. They can be easily customised with a variety of virtual hardware options. Virtual servers can be provided with either Windows or Linux operating systems.
See the Virtual Server Service page for details of the options available on Virtual Servers