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Research Virtual Machine Service (RVMS)

Provides resilient Linux and Windows Virtual Machines to research groups

Service Description

The RVMS provides resilient, self-administered Debian/RH based Linux and Windows Server Virtual Machines

Typical uses include:

  • Web servers with a SQL database backend.
  • Download sites for publicly accessible data (e.g., mounted from the RDS).
  • Hosts which require fast, secure access to RDS

Research Virtual Machines (VMs) are not suited to CPU intensive work or for storing Highly Classified data.

VMs are hosted on a platform with hardware redundancy and failover, nightly backups, and are located in an IT Services datacentre in which hardware and power supply is monitored.

For a more comprehensive description of the service, what it can provide and FAQ’s visit the dedicated RVMS website.

Charging Model

The basic configuration of 1 core CPU, 4GB RAM and 30GB HD, Linux O/S would not incur a charge. A higher specification and/or Windows O/S would be chargeable at a negotiable rate dependent on project needs.


Applications must be made via RVMS request form. If you require assistance completing the form, please email the Research Platforms team.

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