Servers & Virtual Machines

HITS deploys and manages a wide range of servers to meet your business needs. Our systems are deployed with standardized Operating Systems (OS) configurations, which allow for a reliable, efficient, secure and highly available hosting service for Michigan Medicine users.

What Are the Benefits of a Virtual Server?

A "virtual server," “virtual machine” or VM is a software-created computer that executes programs and behaves just like a physical computer.

Virtual machines provided through HITS reduce the risk and the expense of running your own hardware and reduce or eliminate the need for you to have system administration talent in your unit.

Using our Virtualization Service can help by:

  • Providing safer retention of data through storage and backup.
  • Provides physical security for your server reducing the risk of damage or theft.
  • Assisting you safely navigate regulatory requirements particular to your environment.
  • Lets you rely on expert system administrators so you can focus on your research.

Is This Service Appropriate for Sensitive Information?

Yes, sensitive data can be supported in certain configurations. Please be sure to consult with HITS to discuss compliance considerations for your data.

What Does Our Service Include?

We have staff with experience in research, teaching, and administration that can help take your existing infrastructure, your ideas, or a future business need and create a safe, reliable home for it. With our service, you can virtualize:

  • Standalone applications.
  • Database servers.
  • Web applications.
  • Business administration.
  • Learning and teaching.
  • Research.

We tailor our services to create practical and effective solutions, providing lower costs than buying standalone equipment for a lab or an office.