Mainframe and Server Description & Product List

Service lead: Steve Slight steve.slight@vita.virginia.gov

The mainframe and server service offering consists of various server opportunities as well as mainframe and storage services. These services are provided through the IT infrastructure program with Northrop Grumman. 

Announcements 

5/25/2016: Customer Alert: VITA will be retiring all Unisys Mainframe services with a target retirement date of 3/31/2017. Please contact your AITR or CAM with questions or concerns.

4/7/2016: Self-provisioning Virtual Servers: Coming soon May 2016! Simplifying the ordering process for certain Virtual Servers. For more details, visit the service page for Self-Provisioning Virtual Server.

Jan 28 2015:  Mainframe Legacy Access Migration (MLAM) project begins

Mainframe legacy access migration, or MLAM, is a project being executed by VITA and Northrop Grumman to upgrade and standardize access to the mainframes at the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center (CESC).   Click here for more information.


Services within the offering:​

Enhanced Server Operating System Security (ESOSS)
Enhanced server operating system security service provides protection of highly-sensitive systems in a shared environment and also to inspect traffic when encryption is being used on agency servers. 

Enhanced Database Security (EDS)
Enhanced database security is provided for specific database instances. The EDS software does not modify the database and occupies up to 3% of CPU core.

Physical Server
Standard UNIX systems offered are Solaris, AIX, HPUX and Linux-Redhat. Options consist of small 1-2 CPUs, medium 3-4 CPUs, large 5-6 CPUs, and enterprise over 6 CPUs in the manufacturer's standard build and includes up to 4GB RAM. 

Virtual Server 
Virtual Unix server instances are offered via an AIX platform and supports AIX and Linux-Redhat server instances. Server instance options consist of small 1-2 CPUs, medium 3-4 CPUs, large 5-6 CPUs, and enterprise over 6 CPUs, with up to 4GB RAM. 

Mainframe - OS390 - Direct Access Storage Device (DASD)
DASD storage available on the IBM mainframe is highly available enterprise class storage and available in logical or dedicated volumes.  

Mainframe - OS390 - Storage Area Network (SAN)
Tier 1 is highly available high performance storage. Data is replicated to the VITA Southwest Enterprise Solutions Center (SWESC) and backed up. 

Mainframe - OS390 - Tape Storage
Tape storage service is for use in the IBM environment and is available in multiple formats. The rate is based on gigabyte increments. 

Mainframe - Unisys - Tape Storage
Tape usage is available in several different formats. Virtual tape volumes are primarily used, however Physical 3890, 18 & 36 track formats are available as well. Rates are per gigabyte increments of tape storage. 

Storage - Direct Attached Storage Device (DASD)
DASD can be internal or external located at CESC/SWESC or at a customer site. Performance is determined by attachment type: small computer system interface (SCSI), SAS, Internal Disk, etc. DASD is backed up by a standard backup process and billed by the actual amount. 

Storage - Direct Attached Storage Device (DASD) - No Backup
DASD can be internal or external located at CESC/SWESC or at a customer site. Performance is determined by attachment type: small computer system interface (SCSI), SAS, Internal Disk, etc. DASD is billed by actual amount and is not backed up. 

Storage - Tier 1 - Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center (CESC)
Highly available high performance storage with end-to-end redundancy and remote administration. Data is replicated to SWESC and backed up. 

Storage - Tier 2
Highly available scalable performance storage with end to end redundancy and remote administration. Data is backed up. 

Storage - Tier 2 - No Backup
Highly available scalable performance storage with end-to-end redundancy and remote administration. Data is not backed up. 

Storage - Tier 2 & 3 -at CESC

Tier 3 Storage is for event driven, rarely accessed data, and is not designed to support latency-sensitive applications such as online transaction processing. 

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