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UK university adoption of ‘shared’ cloud services


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A presentation given at the Cloudscape IV conference in Brussels, Belgium during February 2012.

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UK university adoption of ‘shared’ cloud services

  1. 1. Image: buck82 @ FlickrUK university adoption of ‘shared’ cloud services Andy Powell, Eduserv, BelgiumFebruary 2012
  2. 2. Some context…/ growing cloud uptake by individual researchers/ partly thru national ‘cloud’-like services, e.g. NGS partly thru Amazon, etc./ some of this arises from frustration with internal IT provision (which is typically very un-cloud-like)/ significant virtualisation initiatives within university IT computing services – mostly VMware/ adoption of SaaS where cost-benefit analysis is a no brainer (Google Mail and Microsoft 365)/ concerns about the ‘open’ research data agenda and data management (particularly in the long term) Image: Swamibu @ Flickr
  3. 3. UK HEFCE/JISC UMF / University Modernisation Fund / £12.5 million over ~1 year / encouraging adoption of ‘shared’ services for research and administration / efficiency and cost-saving as key drivers / Eduserv UMF Cloud Pilot – a community Education Cloud / JANET Brokerage – framework agreements for purchasing cloud infrastructure / plus a range of SaaS initiativesImage: Lieven SOETE @ Flickr
  4. 4. Barriers to uptake/ lots of well-known barriers to cloud - trust, security, data protection, patriot act, pricing, bandwidth, SLAs, protecting current staff roles, etc./ saving money is not a key driver of cloud-uptake/ hug a server mentality/ lack of ‘cloud’ thinking – investment and inertia in traditional ‘application hosting’ model/ lack of clarity about internal cost models leading to pricing concerns (c.f. VAT) Image: Ian Sane @ Flickr
  5. 5. What does ‘shared’ mean anyway? / by definition, public cloud is ‘shared’ / but that’s not typically what is meant in context of the ‘shared service’ agenda in UK HE / in that context, ‘shared’ means delivered at a level above a single campus / shared services have to become sustainable (member contributions, ongoing national or European grant funding, moves towards commercial operation) / successful adoption of the latter tends to put provider outside what is usually recognised as the ‘shared’ space Image: Bashed @ Flickr
  6. 6. Looking forward…Image: katieb50 @ Flickr
  7. 7. Thank youImage: Duncan~ @ Flickr