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Systems

Bentley University makes use of high end server technology, disk storage, and software to keep the university operating at peak performance.  We utilize hardware and software from vendors such as Dell EMC, Cisco and VMware.  Using this equipment, Bentley maintains a server environment with superior uptime and high performance.

The server environment consists of Cisco UCS hardware that serves as the foundation for all virtual servers.  Whether the servers are Microsoft Windows or Red Hat or Oracle Linux, all run with great performance and reliability.  By running in a virtualized environment resources are shared and can be added or removed as necessary.  We also maintain a High Availability environment with the ability to automatically failover to other hardware should a failure occur, minimizing or eliminating downtime while the faulty is unit replaced or upgraded.

Software that runs between the hardware and operating system is known as a hypervisor.  This is powered by VMware. The leading software provider for server virtualization.

The disk storage space is EMC.  EMC is known for its high quality, reliability, and performance based storage.  All servers are connected to EMC for their storage needs.

Currently, Bentley operates around 400 virtual guests (servers) across 40 virtual hosts.

In addition to supporting Bentley’s on premise Data Center assets, Systems support Bentley’s Data assets in the Cloud. Systems maintains backups and recovery services using Microsoft’s public cloud.