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TUcloud

TUcloud enables Temple University departments to host applications and/or store data using the infrastructure of Temple's state-of-the-art data center. 

Overview

TUcloud enables Temple University departments to host applications and/or store data using the infrastructure of Temple's state-of-the-art data center. This resource eliminates the need for departments to purchase and maintain their own servers or storage devices. TUcloud is internally-hosted, secure, and climate-controlled.

TUcloud is not only cost effective but is also energy efficient as it makes use of a technology called virtualization. Virtualization enables multiple servers to run on one piece of hardware. This reduces the environmental impact to the university.

Benefits
TUcloud provides the following benefits:

  • Your IT staff no longer needs to allocate resources for managing the base server services. Your resources can be freed up for other activities to support your business applications.
  • The base server services are managed, patched, and backed up on a regular basis following a standard set of procedures.
  • The resources are ready when you are. There is no need to wait for hardware to arrive.
  • The cost is much less than purchasing and managing your own hardware.
  • You can plan for a predictable yearly budget instead of having to factor in unknown costs.
  • The virtual server infrastructure is energy efficient compared with separate physical servers and reduces the environmental impact on the university.
  • The systems are automatically monitored 24x7. Information Technology Services support staff are notified immediately if problems are detected.

For additional benefits, please see the following:

Departmental File Storage (TUvault)

Departmental File Storage (TUvault) stores personal or departmental files and connects through a network drive.

Features

  • Clustered network-attached storage (NAS) servers
  • No need to have OS overhead or costs
  • No setup fees, pay month-to-month
  • Grow disk space on demand
  • Automated daily backups are included in price

Packages

  • Temporary -The data is protected by RAID levels on the disk array as well as the daily backups. This service level is best for reproducible research data, temporary working datasets, backups of non-production servers, and data downloaded from the Internet that could easily be recreated. The data is backed up daily and is retained for 14 days.
  • Standard - All data is highly available. This service level is best for video capture applications, TUvault-type file shares, Hadoop database clusters and general mass storage. The data is backed up daily and is retained for 14 days. The data is also replicated in a remote data center for extra protection.
  • Premium - The underlying disks provide performance for a broad spectrum of workloads. This service level is best for high read/write data streams. The data is backed up daily and is retained for 14 days. The data is also replicated in a remote data center for extra protection.

Virtual Server Hosting (TUcloud)

Virtual Server Hosting provides a highly available, cost-effective alternative to purchasing your own departmental servers. Prices are very reasonable and are based on the type of services your department needs at any given time. If necessary, resources can be easily expanded. In addition, data is hosted on-site at Temple, therefore, security and data privacy are ensured. This option is for departments that require file, application, database, or web servers.

Features

  • Disaster recovery capabilities
  • High-availability and clustering support
  • Snapshots for quick resource 
  • Choice of Windows or Redhat Linux
  • Raid 5 SATA disks. Fiber disks available upon request
  • No setup fees, pay month-to-month
  • Grow disk space, memory, or virtual CPU on demand
  • Solid State Disk (SSD) storage
  • Daily backups

Active Backup Restoration (ABR) - Allows for the rapid reconstruction of a virtual machine from backup. Most servers can be back online in under an hour. It is a less-expensive option than a fully active/active server, but it does involve human intervention to restore the service.

Note: A typical operating system (OS) installation will need around 30-45GB of space depending on the OS selected.

Size Options

  • Small (1 CPU / 2 GB RAM / 100 GB Storage)
  • Medium (2 CPU / 4 GB RAM / 300 GB Storage)
  • Large (4 CPU / 16 GB RAM / 500 GB Storage)
  • Other (1-16 CPU / 2-64 GB increments of 2 GB RAM / 0 GB – 2 TB increments of 100 GB Storage)

Note: A typical operating system (OS) installation will need around 30-45 GB of space depending on the OS selected. 

OS Options

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Windows 2019
  • Windows 2016

Packages

  • Bronze - Low-cost and highly durable storage service intended for large servers with several terabytes of archive data. Daily backups are included.
  • Silver - Provides better performance compared to Bronze offering. This service level is best for low-latency applications, such as Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server databases. Daily backups are included.
  • Gold - This is the highest storage tier and makes use of Solid State Disk (SSD) storage. Daily backups are included.

Additional Storage for Virtual Servers

This option is for departments that want to:

  • customize the storage configuration for the Virtual Server, or
  • purchase additional storage for their own physical servers

Features

  • High-availability storage area network (SAN) and clustering support
  • High-speed connections
  • Snapshots of data for upgrades or copies upon request
  • No setup fees, pay month-to-month
  • Grow disk space or memory by request
  • Backups are included in the above pricing

Data Backups

Data backups are automatically included with each TUcloud package:

  • TUcloud data backups are retained for 30 days.
  • A successful backup does not guarantee that the data is recoverable. Data owners/system administrators must verify that the integrity of the data being stored and backed up is intact by performing restores on a regular basis. For questions about performing restores, please submit a TUhelp request. Information Technology Services will make every effort to restore corrupt or incomplete data resulting from unsuccessful backups, but is not responsible for data that is lost.

For more information, please see the Data Backup Protection Policy.

Requirements

  • You must have a FOAPAL and obtain budget head approval.
  • The software must be licensed.
  • Applications must undergo a security assessment before they are publicly available.
  • Applications must be owned by Temple University and run on the Temple University network.
  • Storage must be used for Temple University business needs.
  • Red Hat Linux and Windows are included in the standard builds; other operating systems can be installed when requested.
  • Physical access to servers is not provided.

Requesting Instructions

  • TUcloud Server
    Log in to the TUhelp website and click the Request Service tab. Then under IT Services for Technical Support Contacts select Server Support and then New Server Request.  After you submit the form, an Information Technology Services representative will be assigned to work with you and guide you through the server build process. You will also be able to use the TUhelp website to track the status. 
  • Departmental File Storage
    To request departmental file storage, log in to the TUhelp website and click Request Help.

Contact Us
For questions or additional information, send e-mail to tucloud@temple.edu.

Rates

For pricing information, see the Rates page. Note that all prices are subject to change.