OIT has managed a virtual server environment using VMWare since 1999. Originally to support our "crash and burn" Windows servers, we quickly realized the value that virtual servers added to our environment. VM allows us to consolidate workload from several servers, making better use of physical hardware. By 2005, OIT upgraded to VMWare's ESX platform as the new virtual environment. And again in 2008, OIT refreshed the underlying hardware infrastructure that runs our virtual environment.
After 10 years of running VMWare, we need to step back and take a second look at how we manage virtual servers. Mike Coonrod, Mike Langus, and Patton Fast have developed a future roadmap for our virtual hosting environment, including a strategy to provide broader hosting options. This week, Patton and I reviewed this OIT Virtual Hosting Strategy and Roadmap document with Doug.
It doesn't end there, though. Our next step is to develop a customer service and implementation plan to move the project forward. But I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike, Mike and Patton (and anyone else on the Windows team who contributed to the strategy.) It's taken many months of hard work to get to this point. Excellent work!