Historically, students and to a smaller degree faculty members, have requested server or other computing resources from the department to support projects or instruction. In the past, the department was unable to satisfy these requests in a wholly satisfactory fashion. Often students were given “yesterday‘s” aging hardware to use. In some cases, depending on what leftover servers were available, they might not get anything at all.
We started experimenting with the possibility of using virtualization to better serve these needs mid 2005. Read more