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  • 1. Hybrid Clouds & Mini PodsJISC Conference 201115 March
    Dr Phil Richards
    Director of IT, Loughborough University
  • 2. Overview
    Definition of cloud
    Commodity and complexity IT
    What are large IT organisations doing?
    Hybrid cloud: de-risking the cloud
    The killer app for HE FE cloud?
    VM standards
    JANET brokerage
  • 3. Definition of cloud
    “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
    (US National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • 4. Commodity vs complexity IT
    Complexity ITinsource, innovate
    Commodity IToutsource, share
    Dynamic equilibrium
  • 5. Commodity vs complexity IT
    Cloud for quality
    Cloud for savings
    Complexity ITinsource, innovate
    Commodity IToutsource, share
    Dynamic equilibrium
  • 6. HP consolidation project
    Create ‘private cloud’
    Data centres: 85 6 (3 x pairs)
    Applications 6000 3000
    Investment: $100Ms to create own JANET
    Saving: $1Bn per annum revenue
    (Source: eweek.com)
    Lesson: industrial scale key to savings
    Berkeley ‘Beyond the Clouds’ – 10Ks+ servers
  • 7. De-risking the cloud:Loughborough’s Hybrid Cloud
    Co-operative Cloud
    Avoid refurb
    Save £Ms
    +
    OJEU competitive dialogue for buy-in
    Local cloud2 x ‘mini-pods’
    Logicalis BOCS
    Remote cloudvia
    ‘Traditional’data centreto retire
  • 8. The ‘killer app’ for HE FE cloud?
    Research tools?
    Shared administrative applications?
    Cheap virtual servers (IaaS) via hybrid cloud
    Organic change: current IT staff retain job and role
    Cost savings if remote cloud ‘industrial scale’
    Performance, security OK if via JANET Brokerage
    Exit strategy: risk mitigated by migration back to local cloud
  • 9. Standards for VMs and hypervisors:do we need to worry?
    VHS vs. Betamax?
    Or CD/DVD/+/-/R/RW/RAM
  • 10. JANET – our ‘national grid’ for hybrid cloud
    brokerage
    Remote industrialdata centre 2
    Remote industrialdata centre 1
    University or College local clouds

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