Virtualisation advances for teaching and research

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Slides for talk in the School of IT at Bond about the recent changes to the Virtual IT Teaching Lab and the Bond IT Cloud equivalent for research use.

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Virtualisation advances for teaching and research

  1. 1. Current Advances with Virtualisation for Teaching and Research in the School of IT<br />Michael Rees and Matt CarterSchool of IT<br />Technology Infrastructure<br />
  2. 2. Bond IT Infrastructure<br />Virtual IT Teaching Lab, VITTL<br />Bond IT Research Cloud Data Centre, DC<br />Innovation Centre<br />Topic maps machines<br />Software Assurance listserv<br />Ad hoc servers<br />Teams, Comet<br />Tuhs<br />James<br />
  3. 3. Virtual Machine Benefits<br />a wide range of Windows, Windows Server and Linux images can be supported<br />students granted administrative access to download, install and manage software packages<br />each virtual machine has 24/7 access and supports long executions<br />virtual machines are accessible everywhere on campus and Internet (maybe via Citrix)<br />virtual machines can be replaced with new images in minutes<br />teaching and support staff can share access for maintenance<br />students present from their virtual machines in any teaching space on campus for assessment and feedback purposes<br />
  4. 4. VITTL Architecture<br />Internet<br />ESX 4.0<br />VC<br />Host 1<br />Host 3<br />SAN<br />IBM 3850/3650<br />Host 2<br />Host 4<br />
  5. 5. VITTL Advances<br />Upgraded from ESX 3.5 to ESX 4.0<br />Rewired VITTL [RAID driver problems currently] <br />Reformatted SAN [6TB up from 1.5TB] <br />Implemented Pacman virtual server: Linux and file sharing accounts rather than full virtual machine<br />Moved all research from the VITTL to DC cluster<br />ITCloudConnect to log into machines directly though the VMware viewer software rather than SSH or RDP<br />
  6. 6. IT Teaching Support<br />Running for 6 semesters<br />Subject: web technologies, databases, software development, computational finance, business intelligence, security (24 in total)<br />Mix of Windows, Windows Server and Linux images<br />Sized for 150 student VMs, has supported up to 250 without problem<br />http://vittlproject.pbworks.com/<br />
  7. 7. VM Allocation by OS<br />
  8. 8. Bond IT Research Cloud<br />Industry Liaison DMZ Project<br />Shares Bond direct Internet feed, before institutional proxy<br />Throttled to 10 Mbps<br />Central Information Services has oversight of Cloud proxy<br />Clusters old servers for cloud VMs<br />Allows direct access from Internet to physical machines, if needed<br />
  9. 9. Bond IT Research Cloud<br />
  10. 10. Low Cost<br />
  11. 11. Summary<br />Highly successful<br />Runs independently of Info Services<br />Still searching for low-cost VM management, creation/deployment solutions with automation<br />Perfect environment for leased servers with constant rollover<br />
  12. 12. Reminder<br />Remember to remind students they have access to MSDN Academic Alliance Subscription for copies of:<br />Windows 7 32/64bit<br />Visual Studio 2010<br />Expression 3 Studio, Visio 2010<br />http://it.bond.edu.au<br />See Matt for ELMS account<br />

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