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UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education

UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education



A talk about the UMF Cloud PIlot, presented at the All Hands Meeting 2011 in York.

A talk about the UMF Cloud PIlot, presented at the All Hands Meeting 2011 in York.



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    UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education Presentation Transcript

    • UMF Cloud Pilot
      architecting an IaaS offer
      for higher education
    • Summary
      the UMF Cloud Pilot
      design decisions (so far)
      business models and sustainability
    • University Modernisation Fund
      £12.5 million from HEFCE to encourage uptake of shared services in HE
      efficiency and value for money as key drivers
      channelled thru the JISC Shared Servicesand the Cloud programme
      research and administrative computing
      JANET Brokerage, DCC and Eduserv
      4 SaaS projects
      RMAS, DARE and ESB
      running until end of March 2012
    • About Eduserv
      not-for-profit IT services company
      best known in academia for OpenAthens and CHEST
      web hosting and development for government sector
      20 year sustainable track record of growth
      >3.5m registered users of Eduserv-based services
      115 staff - turnover of £16.5m in 2009/10
      new datacentre in Swindon specifically foreducation and the public sector
      charitable mission to encourage theeffective use of ICT in ‘public good’organisations
    • UMF Cloud Pilot overview
      compute and storage cloud infrastructure
      designed to address the major concerns of HEIs
      data remains in the UK at all times
      operated for the long-term benefitof the UK academic sector
      integrated with the JANET network
      lower the costs associatedwith IT provisioning
    • Community Cloud Infrastructure
      built to support the UMF Cloud Pilot and other initiatives
      designed to support multiple cloud platforms and sectors
      will be price-competitive with other cloud providers
      UMF Cloud Pilot to run for 1 year
      key outcome is to establish sustainable business models
      Eduserv investing for long-termdevelopment of the service
      post-funding (April 2012) Eduservwillcontinue to operate the serviceon a commercial basis
    • Delivered from
      our Swindon Data Centre
      capacity and power for >600 racks of infrastructure
      modular design
      PUE efficiency design of <1.4
      JANET backbone connectivity vianewJANET PoP
    • Service levels and resilience
      operated by Eduserv
      24 x 7 systems monitoring and support
      minimum 99.9% SLA
      desire to launch secondary site during 2012
      support for automated replication ofdata between sites
      will deliver multi-site replicationand failover
      equivalent to Amazon AWS“Regions”
    • Architected for scalability
      Cisco UCS blade infrastructure
      dual 6-core 3.06GHz processors with 64GB RAM
      designed to scale to >1,500 cores, 8TB of RAM per ‘pod’
      multiple ‘pods’
      Isilon storage
      clustered NAS solution with near-SAN performance
      scalable to 10PB usable
      2-tier Cisco switched network (core anddistribution)
      fully resilient with no single point offailure (including dual path toJANET PoP)
      all ports running at 10 Gbit/s
    • Our offer
      vCloud Compute
      OpenStack Compute
      VM Storage
      File Storage
      JANET connectivity
      all accessed via a self-service portalintegrated with the UK AccessManagementFederation
      … with possibility of long termtapearchiving in the future
    • Timescales
      vCloudCompute ‘lab’ environment for use by UMF-funded SaaS projects
      by end of the year
      pricing details (mid-October)
      vCloudCompute general availability
      early 2012
      self-service Web portal
      OpenStack Compute availability
      File Storage beta
    • Design decisions
      Cisco UCS
      good fit with other activities, options for offering blade leasing
      NAS with SAN-like performance, flexible capacity, no single point of failure
      good fit with institutional vSphere services
      good backing from industry,where OSS momentum seemsto be
    • Business models / sustainability
      for us, ‘cloud’ is part of a spectrum that spans co-lo right up to highly managed services
      our cloud offer is geared to both the ‘institution’ and to ‘individuals’
      competitive pricing (<Amazon)
      billing – credit card and invoice
      policies for security, SLA,privacy, etc.
      announcing pricing mid-October
    • vCloud pricing model
      ‘enterprise’ offer primarily for institutions (rather than individuals)
      virtual datacentre ‘tariff’ model
      monthly commitment (compute and storage)
      invoice-based billing
      free introductory tier (probably lasting 2 or 3 months)
      pay-as-you-go model to meet short term requirements
      note that vCloud will carry pricepremium to meet VMwarelicensing costs
    • OpenStack pricing model
      designed to appeal to individual researchers
      pay-as-you-go (hourly) model
      instance sizes comparable with Amazon
      payment by credit card / Paypal
      introductory free tier – 12 months ofa micro instance
      be interested in views on a morepredictable ‘tariff’ model forresearchers?
    • Storage pricing model
      priced both as part of ‘virtual datacentre’ tariff model and separately as pay-as-you-go
      looking at whether we price VM Storage and File Storage separately or have single storage offer and let Isilon migrate storage automatically
    • Connectivity pricing model
      data transfer will be free (in and out)
      public IP addresses above the standard allocation (probably one per customer) will be charged on a monthly basis
    • Concluding remarks
      we’d welcome feedback on:
      the cloud platforms we support
      integration with campus authentication
      pricing and billing models
      anything else…
      get in touch at umfcloudpilot.eduserv.org.uk(where we are also blogging our progress)
    • Questions?