VMware Virtualization Hosting

What is Virtualization Hosting?

The SDSC ITSS team offers virtual machines (VMs) hosted in their VMware environment to UC San Diego campus personnel, members of the UC community, and UC affiliates. By jumping into the professionally curated virtual environment, users avoid the hassle of acquiring and maintaining physical servers while enjoying all the benefits of owning them.

Other advantages include:

  • Resiliency - virtual servers are built to withstand normal backend hardware exhaustion by shifting resources on the fly
  • Included system administration - acquiring a regular VM from SDSC effectively gives you both the server and the IT team that updates, troubleshoots, and protects it
  • Hostnames - SDSC ITSS handles *.ucsd.edu and *.sdsc.edu hostname registrations for qualified users at no extra cost

Note: SDSC offers a separate VM environment for users who want a managed VM and need to meet PHI/PII or HIPAA compliance regulations. Explore Sherlock for managed secure solutions.

How Much Does A VM Cost?

Service Component

Recharge Rate

Basic VM
(1 vCPU/2 GB RAM/100 GB high speed storage - includes patching, troubleshooting during business hours, and emergency response)


Additional 1 vCPU or 1 GB RAM


Additional Standard Storage


Increased VM Snapshots
(contact SDSC ITSS team at services@sdsc.edu for more information)


Additional Administration
(monthly consulting basis; contact SDSC ITSS team at services@sdsc.edu for more information)


Recharge rates are subject to change with approval from the UC San Diego Recharge Rate Committee. Normal IDC rules apply.

How Do I Get A VM?

Send a request to the SDSC ITSS team at services@sdsc.edu.

Formal Recharge Rates

Fund managers can reference these rates when viewing SDSC recharge statements. All others should refer to the rates listed above for the consumable view of VMware costs.

ServiceUnitUC RateExternal Rate

VM - First Mach.
Base VM with 1 vCPU/2 GB RAM/100 GB storage

VM - Add'l Mach.
Additional 1 vCPU/2 GB RAM added to base VM. Upgrades can actually be requested in 1 vCPU or 1 GB RAM units.
File Sys. Mgmt.
Additional storage added to base VM. Upgrades can actually be requested in 1 GB units.
Unit/month$382.92/8.4 TB/month$555.234/8.4 TB/month