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zLinux Virtual Server Hosting

The zLinux Virtual Server Hosting service provides open source Linux-based applications, such as blogging and wiki software, for NIH Data Center customers. The zLinux Virtual Hosting Server is based on the zEnterprise server platform that supports the z/VM (virtual machine) operating system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run multiple virtual Linux servers.

 
Popular services on zLinux include:
 
  • Blogs: public online journals run on WordPress;
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/PERL)-based applications: an interlocking set of technologies on which developers can build and deploy web-based applications;
  • Wikis: collaborative websites where authorized users can add or modify content using their browser;
  • Apache-based front end to an MS SQL server database;
  • Statistical packages and a wide variety of other software (such as clustering software);
  • Content Management Software (e.g., Joomla, Drupal, WordPress)

Customer Benefits

The zLinux Virtual Server is a highly scalable computing environment, available 24 x 7, with extensive self-checking and self-recovery capabilities. This offering provides customers the ability to deploy Linux applications quickly at a lower investment cost. Customers also benefit from the proven zServer system security, reliability, and availability.

Customer Market

This service is available to all DHHS customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of applications can be run on zLinux?
A:  Examples of applications that can run on the zLinux Virtual Server include:

 
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/PERL)-based applications--an interlocking set of technologies on which developers can build and deploy web-based applications;
  • Wikis--collaborative websites where authorized users can add or modify content using a browser;
  • An Apache-based front end to an MS SQL server database;
  • Statistical packages and clustering software
  • Blogs - shared online journals using WordPress.
  • Content Management Software (e.g., Joomla, Drupal)
 
Q: Where is the actual server located?
A: The zLinux Virtual Hosting Server is based on the zEnterprise BC servers that support the z/VM operating system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. These CIT-managed servers are located in the highly secure NIH Data Center, in the NIH campus building 12 complex.
 
Q: How can I learn more about this service?
A: For more information, contact the NIH IT Service Desk on the Web or at 301-496-4357 (6-HELP) (local), 866-319-4357 (toll free), or 301-496-8294 (TTY) and ask to be contacted by a virtual-zLinux-server consultant.

 

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This page last reviewed: March 09, 2011