AIS Application Server

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Unit of Measure: Usage Based

Pricing Type: Fixed

Billing Cycle: Monthly

Service Lead: Jeffrey Scheich Jeffrey.Scheich@vita.virginia.gov

Description:

The AIS Application Server (AIS-APPSVR) service offers agencies an application server platform for hosting agency applications.

The AIS-APPSVR service is implemented on the IBM WebSphere Application Server platform. The AIS-APPSVR service provides agencies with secure, robust, standards based and highly-available environments for hosting agency Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications. Environments can also be configured for high availability based on customer requirements. AIS-APPSVR eliminates the need for agency staff to install and support their own application server infrastructure.  The AIS-APPSVR service includes horizontal and vertical clustering, allowing for robust, scalable, and highly-available applications.

Pricing

Pricing for the AIS-APPSVR service is based on a combination of AIS-APPSVR core and server charges. The AIS team will collaborate with each customer to define the optimal configuration based on agency needs.

AIS-APPSVR Cores

AIS-APPSVR service pricing is based on AIS-APPSVR cores. An AIS-APPSVR core is the unit of measure for the software and support included with the AIS-APPSVR service. AIS-APPSVR cores are shared between customer production and non-production servers. A minimum configuration of 0.5 cores is required for production servers. A minimum configuration of 0.1 cores is required for non-production servers.

For invoicing, the number of AIS-APPSVR cores assigned to a customer is combined into an AIS-APPSVR core quantity total. The AIS-APPSVR core quantity total is multiplied by the AIS-APPSVR core rate to calculate the AIS-APPSVR core charge.

New customers to the AIS-APPSVR service are offered a discounted introductory rate for non-production AIS-APPSVR instances. The introductory rate applies until the first production AIS-APPSVR instance is deployed or for the first year of utilizing the service in non-production mode, whichever comes first. The introductory rates are converted to standard rates at that time.

Server Charges

APPSVR customers will need at least one dedicated AIX LPAR server to run the AIS-APPSVR service. The specific configuration will be determined based on customer needs.

Server, Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Access rates are based on the VITA service catalog pricing.

  • Tier 1 SAN is normally utilized for production and Tier 2 SAN is normally used for non-production. 
  • All storage associated with the customer LPAR is charged to AIS-APPSVR customers. 
  • Disaster recovery is an option for production AIS-APPSVR servers.
Monthly Service Rates
Standard
AIS-APPSVR Core $60 per 0.1 core
Minimum cores (production) 0.5 cores
Minimum cores (non-production) 0.1 cores
Introductory
AIS-APPSVR Core $30 per 0.1 core
Minimum cores 0.5 cores
Minimum cores (non-production) 0.1 cores
Server Charges
AIX LPAR Server $722.01 per LPAR
AIX LPAR SAN Storage Tier1: $3.97 per Gigabyte
Tier2: $3.58 per Gigabyte
Network Access $16.21 per LPAR
Disaster Recovery (Optional)
AIX LPAR DR Server $296.46 per LPAR
AIX LPAR DR SAN Storage $2.78 per Gigabyte

How to Order

  • Customers begin the ordering process by contacting their VITA Customer Account Manager (CAM). 
  • The CAM will engage the VITA AIS team who will guide customers through required collaborative discussions to develop an AIS-APPSVR solution that meets agency requirements. The AIS-APPSVR solution effort is provided at no cost.
  • After the agency specific AIS-APPSVR solution is documented, the process is finalized by completing form 7-056 (STANDARD FORM FOR APPLICATION INTEGRATION SERVICES (AIS)) available in the Form Library Standard Form AIS 7-056. The AIS team will complete the form and submit to the customer for approval.

For more information about the AIS-APPSVR service or VITA AIS services in general, please contact VITA-AIS-Governance@vita.virginia.gov

Customers may also contact their VITA Customer Account Manager (CAM).

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The AIS-APPSVR service is implemented on the IBM WebSphere Application Server platform. The AIS-APPSVR service provides agencies with secure, robust, standards based and highly available environments for hosting agency Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications.

The following list provides key benefits of implementing the AIS-APPSVR service:

  • Flexibility in implementation with Java EE 6/7/8 and many prepackaged java technologies, such as Servlets, JSP, JSF, JDBC, JNDI, JAX-WS, JAX-RS, JAXB, JMS, EJB, JPA, CDI, JTS, JTA, JCA, JPA, JAF, etc.
  • Security and support for small, mid-sized to large scale server deployments.
  • Java EE design model provides abstractions for naming, connection pooling, component lifecycle, persistence, and messaging.
  • Advanced runtime environment for large-scale and mission critical application deployments.
  • The service supports modern government security and encryption requirements, including TLS 1.2, FIPS 140-2, SP800-131, and Suite B.

VITA procures all licenses required to support AIS-APPSVR. Each customer is allocated the number of licenses required to support their AIS-APPSVR instances. This shared licensing and support approach provides customers with cost effective licensing and support for application integration.

An AIX LPAR is a virtual server configured on IBM Power hardware. AIX is the IBM UNIX operating system and LPAR stands for logical partition. Running AIX LPARs on IBM Power hardware provides optimized performance and maximizes AIS-APPSVR license efficiency.

An AIX LPAR provides a server platform that is configured for each customer and isolates customer information to the server. Customers are allocated AIX LPARs that are configured based on the number of software cores required and the amount of SAN storage needed for the AIS-APPSVR instance.

There is a minimum of 0.5 processor cores required for a production AIS-APPSVR service instance. There is a minimum of 0.1 processor cores required for a non-production AIS-APPSVR service instance. Typically, customer consumes cores in .5 increments. The partial core pricing allows AIS customers to be assigned the optimal amount of services required to support the customer instances.

No. License efficiency is one of the key differentiators for the AIS-APPSVR service. The general concept is Development and Test instances share the production license. Those instances share the production license structure and there is no separate AIS-APPSVR core charge for non-production licenses. If a production instance consumed 100% of the available cores, it is possible that the non-production instances would be running in minimal capacity mode. AIS will work with its customers to monitor AIS-APPSVR core usage.

The introductory rate applies until the first production AIS-APPSVR instance is deployed or for the first year of utilizing the service in non-production mode, whichever comes first. The introductory rates are converted to standard rates when a production instance is deployed or after one year in non-production mode.

The AIS-APPSVR service is compliant with COV security standards and best practices. It is protected by security gateway appliances that provide security, integration, control and optimized access.

Multiple environments, such as development, test, UAT and production can be implemented to fully support customer needs.

VITA AIS architects and subject matter experts will work with customers to develop a solution that integrates into the AIS middleware environment. Customers are always responsible for application development. The AIS team will collaborate with your staff and provide guidance to ensure that the implementation is carried out utilizing industry best practices.

The service is available to all executive branch agencies.

The infrastructure for this service is managed by Application Integration Services (AIS), a group within VITA that provides secure hosting and integration services for agency applications. In addition to the service, AIS provides the security, architecture expertise and application monitoring for the service infrastructure. AIS also provides 24X7 support for the production and non-production environments.

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