VMware Virtualization Hosting

What is Virtualization Hosting?

The SDSC ITSS team provides virtual machines (VMs) in a VMware environment to UC San Diego, members of the UC community, and UC affiliates. By taking advantage of the professionally curated 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 ‘Silver’ Storage
(standard speed)


Additional ‘Gold’ Storage
(high speed)


More frequent VM Snapshots
(three times a week instead of once per month for disaster recovery purposes)


Additional Administration
(charged on a monthly consulting basis; contact the SDSC IT Services team 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 IT Services team at services@sdsc.edu.