MiDatabase is a virtual server with a managed database. Supported platforms include Microsoft SQL, MySQL and Oracle. ITS will monitor, patch and back up your database so you can focus on managing your data and applications. Reduce effort and costs as you no longer need to buy and manage your own hardware or software. Flexibility to select the right options for your campus computing needs.

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MiDatabase has three managed platform options:

  • Microsoft SQL Server database operating on a Windows platform
  • MySQL database operating on a RedHat Linux platform
  • Oracle database operating on a RedHat Linux platform

Your database and the operating system on which it runs are monitored, patched, and backed up by ITS, so you can focus on managing your data and your applications. The servers are virtualized and located at U-M datacenters with built-in redundancy at all levels. Disk performance of MiDatabase can handle demanding production workloads. Large network capacity allows intensive application processing without system degradation. The optional migration service will help transfer data for new customers and retire any hardware. Migration can also bring your database up to the current version.

See below for Rates and Pricing.


Customers of MiDatabase will receive:

  • The option to choose between a shared or dedicated database instance
  • Database sizes over 50GB will need to be hosted on a dedicated instance
  • MS SQL database 2014 and 2012, with support for 2008 and 2008 R2 in compatibility mode
  • MySQL 5.1 database on RedHat Linux 6
  • Oracle 11.2 or 12c database on Redhat Linux 6
  • Scalable database that grows as your data grows
  • Patch management for operating system and database
  • System monitoring and notification
  • Integrated firewall to reduce downtime
  • Upgrades for operating system and database
  • Backup and recovery
  • Migration service and hardware decommissioning
  • Antivirus software (Windows)
  • Monthly or quarterly Security Patching
  • 99.7% service availability
Who can use the service?: 

MiDatabase service may be requested by any U-M community member with a shortcode.

Rates & Pricing: 

Please note that the option for managed services or a dedicated database is included at no additional cost. Shared databases accommodate many basic configurations. Dedicated databases ensure the requested database resides on dedicated hardware with greater administrative privileges.

For more information on shared vs dedicated databases see the Getting Started tab.  For details on managed service features, see the Features list in the Overview tab.

Shared Database Rates

Shared Database
  • Database up to 170 GB in size
  • Managed Operating System

**Charges for MiDatabase Shared instances have been temporarily suspended pending additional rate review for FY15.

Dedicated Database Rates

Your particular server configuration (CPU & RAM)  determines the final cost and may vary from the examples listed below.

  • 1 CPU, 2GB RAM, 50GB Database
  • Managed Operating System


  • 2 CPU, 4GB RAM, 50GB Database
  • Managed Operating System
  • Optional Dedicated Database
  • 4 CPU, 8GB RAM, 50GB Database
  • Managed Operating System
  • Optional Dedicated Database
  • 1GB Additional RAM
  • 10GB of Storage
Disk Replication
  • Rate is determined by doubling the amount of Storage associated with the instance.
2X Storage


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