ITS offers virtual server hosting for departments. ITS' virtual machine service is a cost effective alternative to operating a departmental server and includes storage and backup services. Virtual Server hosts are provisioned utilizing clustered enterprise class servers running the VMware/ESX virtualization suite. Virtual server host services include basic operating system installation (Windows or Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and operating system patches as well as local and offsite backups. Customers are responsible for their own application installation, configuration, management, and security.