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Unix Hosting Services

Unix Hosting Services provide dedicated, shared, and virtual Unix servers that are centrally supported in a fully managed, 24x7 hosted environment. The Unix environment—approximately 300 servers—is appropriate for any Unix-based application and has specific capabilities for applications that use Oracle databases. Services include managed storage and backup, SSL certificates, network security architectures, application firewalls, shared and dedicated load balancers, central web and database services in shared and dedicated configurations, and disaster recovery offerings.

Unix hosting services are available both in the NIH Data Center on the NIH Campus and at our contracted off-campus commercial site in northern Virginia.

More information on hardware and software is available on the CIT website.

Customer Benefits

CIT's Unix-based application hosting service provides an efficient, reliable, and economical computing environment. We specifically work with customers to tailor hardware and software configurations to meet your requirements.
Unix Hosting provides a secure, SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70) audited environment with high availability configurations which includes patching, monitoring, and a dedicated customer coordinator. The hosted Unix systems are validated for hosting critical applications and sensitive data. For further information, see the Data Center security page
With the Unix Virtual Server service, customers receive an economical service similar to having a dedicated server. Virtualization offers faster and more flexible provisioning with decreased downtime, at a lower cost.
For more in-depth information, users will find the following CIT publications useful:
• Unix and Windows Hosting Services User’s Guide
 Titan User’s Guide

Customer Market

This service is available to all NIH customers and to customers of other Government Agencies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: My organization is looking for an off-campus location for hosting an application. Can CIT help?
A: Unix Hosting services are available both in the highly secure NIH Data Center (on campus) and at a contracted off-site facility in Northern Virginia (Sterling).  CIT’s off-campus site (30 miles away) is a secure commercial location run under the auspices of CIT. The off-campus location is connected to NIH by an extremely high-bandwidth network and features 24 x 7 monitoring as well as full technical support.
Q: What is the best way to report a problem or request a change for my hosted application?
A: Use the CIT ASR system to report a problem or request additional services related to an application hosted at CIT. Go to:
and type in your NIH Login/password. If you do not have an NIH Login, go to:
and use your ASR identifier and password.
Q: Where can I find the rates for Unix Hosting Services?
A: The rates can be found at under “EOS Systems (Unix).”

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This page last reviewed: March 09, 2011