VMworld 2013: What it Took to Stretch Higher Education and Take It to the Cloud?

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VMworld 2013

Sean O'Dell, VMware
Joey Ware, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

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VMworld 2013: What it Took to Stretch Higher Education and Take It to the Cloud?

  1. 1. What it Took to Stretch Higher Education and Take It to the Cloud? Sean O'Dell, VMware @theseanodell Joey Ware, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center @joey_vm_ware VSVC5660 #VSVC5660
  2. 2. WHAT IT TOOK TO STRETCH HIGHER ED. AND TAKE IT TO THE CLOUD
  3. 3. Drivers for Shared Services at OU • The University is a combination of a Centralized and De-Centralized IT Shop – Colleges are de-centralized – Administration is centralized – This makes it difficult to achieve the level of customer satisfaction desired at the University • Pressure to gain cost efficiencies across the 3 campuses
  4. 4. The OU Shared Services Strategy o Leverage the commitment from the OU Executive Leadership to fund 3 new datacenters • Geographically located in Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa o Develop a single vision for the 3 data centers • Utilize 70+ IT professionals to take ownership of the vision to create a world- class private cloud
  5. 5. Tenants of the Shared Services Vision at OU • Create a service culture that is customer focused and business intelligent • Build an infrastructure utilizing economies of scale and standardized processes • Use industry best practices to transform the current infrastructure into an efficient deliver model for the customer
  6. 6. How Did OU Do It? • Gathered 70+ IT Professionals for a month to identify the foundational components for the infrastructure and develop plans for the future of this foundation • The key to making it work was to design and build the best possible private cloud utilizing a best-of-breed virtualization platform
  7. 7. How do we have connectivity to the three campuses?
  8. 8. What does it look like from the virtualization standpoint?
  9. 9. How to make it easy for vOps for new hosts or cluster changes? Host Profiles = easy config changes for the vOperations team. Next would be to teach PowerCLI/vC Orchestrator for automation.
  10. 10. What does it look like from the host connectivity standpoint?
  11. 11. What does it look like from the storage standpoint?
  12. 12. How does vCloud Director fit into Shared Services?
  13. 13. What about monitoring?
  14. 14. So a layer2 network across both data centers, how does migrations look?
  15. 15. So a layer2 network across both data centers, how does migrations look? Now with SSD! 50GB Thick Provisioned = 3 minutes 10 seconds
  16. 16. What this means for our customers? 1. Storage Live Migrations across sites. 2. Server Live Migrations across sites. 3. Secure Data Centers: data doesn’t leave our network space. 4. Multiple Operations teams with a 24/7 on-call system.
  17. 17. 1. Meeting with current customers on migration from old to new. • AMD to Intel hosts (require a reboot) • IP Changes 2. All new customers go directly to S2 environment • vCloud Director access 3. Fiber connection to Tulsa Campus • Design ideas – stretched cluster/SRM cluster 4. Hybrid Cloud So where do we go now?
  18. 18. How about the whole state with OneNET?
  19. 19. THANK YOU!
  20. 20. 2020 Other VMware Activities Related to This Session  HOL: HOL-SDC-1301 Applied Cloud Operations HOL-SDC-1305 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery In Action HOL-SDC-1307 vCloud Automation Solutions
  21. 21. What it Took to Stretch Higher Education and Take It to the Cloud? Sean O'Dell, VMware @theseanodell Joey Ware, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center @joey_vm_ware VSVC5660 #VSVC5660

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