Pricing and Billing

Virtual Machine Hosting

The following table represents 2019-20 pricing rates of commonly sized virtual machines with CPU, memory, with disk rates based 80G disk. The resulting price will vary depending on requested resource and storage requirements. Custom sizes and configurations are available, for a detailed estimate please contact Platform Compute Services.

Size CPU count Memory (GB) CPU Cost/Yr 19-20 Memory Cost/Yr 19-20 VMware license 19-20 Disk 80GB 

Cost/Yr

Total Cost/Yr 19-20
Capacity Disk – Best for general desktop and lightweight services
Small.1* 1 1 $64.43 $41.07 $12.48 $39.06 $143.21
Small.2 1 2 $64.43 $82.15 $31.20 $39.06 $216.84
Medium.1 2 2 $128.86 $82.15 $31.20 $39.06 $281.27
Medium.2 2 4 $128.86 $164.29 $62.40 $39.06 $394.61
Medium.3 2 8 $128.86 $328.58 $124.80 $39.06 $621.30
Large.1 4 4 $257.72 $164.29 $62.40 $39.06 $523.47
Large.2 4 8 $257.72 $328.58 $124.80 $39.06 $750.16
Large.3 4 16 $257.72 $657.17 $249.60 $39.06 $1,203.55
XLarge.1 4 24 $257.72 $985.75 $374.40 $39.06 $1,656.93
XLarge.2 6 24 $386.57 $985.75 $374.40 $39.06 $1,785.79
Standard Disk – Best for application services
Small.1* 1 1 $64.43 $41.07 $12.48 $62.50 $172.81
Small.2 1 2 $64.43 $82.15 $31.20 $62.50 $240.27
Medium.1 2 2 $128.86 $82.15 $31.20 $62.50 $304.70
Medium.2 2 4 $128.86 $164.29 $62.40 $62.50 $418.05
Medium.3 2 8 $128.86 $328.58 $124.80 $62.50 $644.74
Large.1 4 4 $257.72 $164.29 $62.40 $62.50 $546.91
Large.2 4 8 $257.72 $328.58 $124.80 $62.50 $773.60
Large.3 4 16 $257.72 $657.17 $249.60 $62.50 $1,226.98
XLarge.1 4 24 $257.72 $985.75 $374.40 $62.50 $1,680.37
XLarge.2 6 24 $386.57 $985.75 $374.40 $62.50 $1,809.22
Performance Disk – Best for highly transitional applications/services
Small.1 1 1 $64.43 $41.07 $12.48 $85.94 $203.92
Small.2 1 2 $64.43 $82.15 $31.20 $85.94 $263.71
Medium.1 2 2 $128.86 $82.15 $31.20 $85.94 $328.14
Medium.2 2 4 $128.86 $164.29 $62.40 $85.94 $441.49
Medium.3 2 8 $128.86 $328.58 $124.80 $85.94 $668.18
Large.1 4 4 $257.72 $164.29 $62.40 $85.94 $570.34
Large.2 4 8 $257.72 $328.58 $124.80 $85.94 $797.04
Large.3 4 16 $257.72 $657.17 $249.60 $85.94 $1,250.42
XLarge.1 4 24 $257.72 $985.75 $374.40 $85.94 $1,703.80
XLarge.2 6 24 $386.57 $985.75 $374.40 $85.94 $1,832.66

 

  • * Note: The Small.1 size rate with capacity and standard disk will match the same lower rate as last year.

VMware license

The NCSU VMware license is under the VMware Cloud Provider Program(VCPP). Under VCPP the license cost is based on the assigned memory and capped at 24G. As with best practices listed below starting small and growing as needed is recommended for both performance and cost savings.

Disk sizing

Recommended starting Operating System disk size allocations for Virtual Machine environments.

  • Linux = 50G
  • Windows = 80G

Three types of storage offerings:

  • Block-Capacity ($0.49 per GB annually)
    • Best suited for general desktops and lightweight services
    • Workloads not exceeding 500 IOPS and less than 30% writes
  • Block-Standard ($0.78 per GB annually)
    • Best suited for web and application services
    • Workloads not exceeding 900 IOPS and less than 50% writes
  • Block-Performance ($1.07 per GB annually)
    • Best suited for highly transitional applications (databases/etc)
    • Workloads exceeding 900 IOPS or 50% write operations

For Storage service details, please review: OIT General Storage Services

Data-at-Rest Encryption (D@RE)

Requirements for D@RE have increased on campus for certain data classification types and various research grants. A  primary goal of D@RE is to prevent data from physically leaving the data center either through failed drive replacement or theft. In agreement with OIT Security & Compliance and OIT Assistant Vice Chancellor’s the strategy consists of two options that include utilizing storage arrays with built-in encryption capabilities or drive retention with proper disposal policies of failed drives. For Storage service details, please review: OIT General Storage Services

Features

  • Avamar self-service backups included
    • Primary and Disaster Recovery copy
  • Managed Data Center(s) with redundant cooling and power
  • VM host resiliency
    • Dual network paths for vm hosts
    • Dual fiber channel paths for block storage
    • 10G+ vmotion network for migration between VM hosts in most locations
  • On-call 24×7 staff support and monitoring of VM infrastructure
  • Console access for your VM’s

Billing

  • Billing will be done in the first half of the fiscal year.
  • Customers will need to provide necessary FAS and OUC codes for proper billing
  • We cannot accept “Ledger 5” funding
  • Customer meetings will occur bi-annually or by customer request to review the service and related expenses

Recommendations & Best Practices

When sizing VM’s, the virtualization best practice is starting small and adding memory of vCPU’s when indicated by monitoring the service and review of analysis tools. A large number of vCPUs can have a negative impact on the virtual machine as the hypervisor has to allocate resources for the requesting process.  The OIT VM service allows for “Hot-Add” of vCPUs and Memory which means we can grow your resources as needed without any downtime.

Special Requests

For large compute and storage needs beyond what is listed and may require dedicated hardware, please contact Platform Compute Services to discuss options.

Managed Support

OIT offers OS and application support through Hosted Services unit to assist departments and colleges with managing services.

Getting Help

Contact Platform Compute Services.