The Eduserv Cloud: Who, What, Why, When and Where?


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An overview of Eduserv's JISC-funded UMF Cloud PIlot and the Community Cloud Infrastructure on which it is built.

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The Eduserv Cloud: Who, What, Why, When and Where?

  1. 1. The Eduserv Cloud<br />Who, What, Why, Where and When?<br />Matt Johnson, Head of Research, Eduserv<br />
  2. 2. Who?<br />
  3. 3. A history of Eduserv in 3 slides… (1/3)<br />Started in 1988 as CHEST & NISS at University of Bath<br />Licensing negotiation and gateways services (via Telnet)<br />First UK academic web portal in 1994<br />Single sign-on service launched 1996<br />
  4. 4. A History of Eduserv in 3 slides… (2/3)<br />Became the independent charity “Eduserv” in 1999<br />Core mission to promote the use of ICT in education<br />Primary hosting provider for Department of Education<br />Worked with the Cabinet Office to implement UKonline<br />
  5. 5. A History of Eduserv in 3 slides… (3/3)<br />Year on year growth since 2001<br />>3.5m registered users of Eduserv-based services<br />Returned more than £5m in grants to academia<br />New datacentre specifically for education and the public sector<br />
  6. 6. Eduserv in 2011<br />Stable, trusted provider of services to academia<br />115 staff (with around 10 further vacancies)<br />turnover of £16.5m in 2009/10<br />Fully UK based, with no shareholder pressures<br />Developing new products and services<br />Next generation of Identity & Access Management services<br />Implementing Cloud services for education and government<br />
  7. 7. What?<br />
  8. 8. University Modernisation Fund (UMF) – Cloud Pilot<br />£12.5m government funded initiative managed by JISC<br />Spread across research and administration services<br />Promoting the use of shared services within academia<br />Designed to address the major concerns of HEIs<br />Data remains in the UK at all times<br />Operated for the long-term benefits of the UK academic sector<br />Integrated with the JANET network<br />Lower the costs associated with IT provisioning<br />
  9. 9. Eduserv’s Community Cloud Infrastructure<br />Built to support the UMF Cloud Pilot and other initiatives<br />Designed to support multiple cloud platforms and sectors<br />Will be price-competitive with other Cloud providers<br />UMF Cloud Pilot to run for 1 year<br />Key outcome is to establish sustainable business models<br />Eduserv investing for long-term development of the service<br />Post-funding (April2012) Eduserv will continue to operate the service on a commercial basis<br />
  10. 10. Compute services<br />vCloud Director compute services:<br />Designed for “enterprise-scale” virtualised IT services<br />Provides vSphere integration with existing datacentres<br />Focussed on organisations rather than individuals<br />
  11. 11. Compute services<br />OpenStack Nova compute services:<br />AWS-style cloud service running on OSS software<br />Full control over the Cloud environment<br />Aimed at individual researchers and staff/students<br />
  12. 12. Storage services<br />File-based storage<br />Associated with Compute service VMs<br />Object-based storage<br />Similar to Amazon S3 capability<br />Multiple data protection levels<br />Archive storage:<br />Multi-tier storage (Near-line disk, tape)<br />Designed for >30 year archiving of data<br />
  13. 13. What Exactly?<br />
  14. 14. Network infrastructure<br />Edge network<br />10 Gbit/s connectivity onto JANET network backbone<br />Service Gateways providing routing, firewall and IPS services<br />Core network<br />2-tier switched network (core and distribution)<br />Fully resilient with no single point of failure<br />All ports running at 10 Gbit/s <br />
  15. 15. Compute infrastructure<br />Compute infrastructure:<br />Blade-based X64 hardware<br />Automated provisioning of physical servers<br />Can be used to deliver both vCloud and OpenStack services<br />Scalability<br />Initial deployment “pod” with 600 cores, 3 TB of RAM<br />Pod designed to scale to 3,000 cores, 30 TB of RAM<br />Multi-pod / multi-region capability available in the future<br />
  16. 16. Storage infrastructure<br />Clustered NAS solution<br />Modular approach provides flexible capacity and performance<br />Initial deployment of ~250 TB of usable disk<br />No single point of failure<br />Highly scalable<br />Capable of scaling to >10 PB within a single name-space<br />Usable capacity (including resilience) of > 87%<br />
  17. 17. Why?<br />
  18. 18. To help realise potential benefits of the Cloud<br />For the Community<br />As a scalable platform for shared service development<br />Platform that addresses performance, contract and service levels<br />For Institutions<br />Offering a viable alternative to on-campus datacentre projects<br />Helping to lower CO2 emissions and IT overheads<br />For Faculty<br />On-demand access to high-capacity storage & compute services<br />
  19. 19. To replace this…<br />
  20. 20. …with this:<br />
  21. 21. And this…<br />
  22. 22. …with this:<br />
  23. 23. And all for less:<br />£££<br />
  24. 24. Where?<br />
  25. 25. Primary Datacentre<br />Hosted at Eduserv’s Swindon Datacentre<br />Capacity and power for >600 racks of infrastructure<br />Modular design<br />PUE efficiency design of <1.4<br />JANET backbone connectivity<br />
  26. 26. Service levels and resilience<br />Operated by Eduserv<br />24 x 7 systems monitoring and support<br />Minimum 99.9% SLA<br />Secondary site to launch during 2012<br />Support for automated replication of data between sites<br />Will deliver multi-site replication and failover<br />Equivalent to Amazon AWS “Regions”<br />
  27. 27. When?<br />
  28. 28. Anticipated timelines<br />Now<br />vCloud lab environment for beta testing and early adopters<br />Autumn 2011<br />vCloud Infrastructure platform launches<br />Winter 2011<br />Web portal with UK access management federation integration <br />OpenStack infrastructure platform launches<br />Object Storage and Archive platform betas<br />
  29. 29. For SeIUCCR attendees<br />Priority access to the OpenStack Lab environment<br />Early access to the proposed service <br />Free-tier access to the OpenStack Cloud<br />Similar to the Amazon AWS offer<br />Details to be confirmed, and will be reviewed after 6 months<br />Register your interest at:<br /><br />
  30. 30. Thank you!<br />Matt Johnson<br />Head of Research<br /> email:<br /> twitter: @mhj_work<br /> web:<br />UMF:<br />