The Academic Virtual Hosting Environment (AVHE) provides a virtual computing cloud to the Syracuse University research community, lowering the bar of entry for small to medium sized research efforts.

The private cloud uses virtualization to provide flexibility and hardware sharing to allow multiple researchers to operate on an underlying server and storage infrastructure.  This lower bar of entry and flexibility provides an environment that supports both traditional and non-traditional computational research.  Another use case for the AVHE is the building of small to medium sized clustered research computing environments, reducing the need for researchers to build and maintain small physical clusters.

Services within the AVHE include medium scale storage for research data storage and archival.  To date, this storage includes two Petabytes ofstorage, 1000 cores, and 25TB of memory.

The AVHE utilizes the abilities of virtualization to provide high availability, which automatically migrates workload to alternate resources in the case of physical server failure.  Backup services within the AVHE are a standard service provided to researchers.