UMF Cloud Pilot


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A presentation about the UMF Cloud Pilot, given at the UCISA CISG Conference 2011 in Manchester.

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UMF Cloud Pilot

  1. 1. UMF Cloud @andypowe11
  2. 2. What is the UMF Cloud Pilot?• compute and storage cloud• infrastructure as a service (IaaS)• designed to address the major concerns of HEIs – data remains in the UK at all times – operated for the long-term benefit of the UK academic sector – integrated with the JANET network – lower the costs associated with IT provisioning• a community cloud for education
  3. 3. Delivered by Eduserv• not-for-profit IT services company• best known in HEIs for OpenAthens and CHEST• web hosting and development for government• 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 for education and the public sector• charitable mission to encourage the effective use of ICT in ‘public good’ organisations
  4. 4. Delivered from• our Swindon Data Centre – capacity and power for >600 racks of infrastructure – modular design – PUE efficiency design of <1.4 – 10 Gbit/s JANET backbone connectivity via new JANET PoP
  5. 5. Hardware• Cisco UCS blade infrastructure – dual 6-core 3.06GHz processors with 64GB RAM – initial deployment will scale to >1,500 cores, 8 TB of RAM• Isilon storage – clustered NAS solution with near-SAN performance – initial deployment will scale to 10PB usable• connectivity – 2-tier Cisco switched network (core and distribution) – fully resilient with no single point of failure (including dual path to JANET PoP) – all ports running at 10 Gbit/s
  6. 6. Our offer• vCloud Compute• OpenStack Compute• VM Storage• File Storage• JANET Connectivityall accessed via a self-service portalintegrated with the UK AccessManagement Federation with possibilityof long term tape archiving in the future
  7. 7. Timescales• now – vCloud Compute ‘lab’ environment for use by UMF-funded SaaS projects• Jan 2012 – vCloud Compute general availability• April 2012 – self-service Web portal – full billing infrastructure – OpenStack Compute availability – File Storage beta• …beyond – storage ‘preservation’ tier – multiple datacentres
  8. 8. Pricing models• 2 pricing models – PAYG (pay for what you use) – Virtual Datacentre (pay for what you reserve)• in mobile phone terms, PAYG vs. Pay Monthly• why PAYG? – flexibility• why Virtual Datacentre? – predictability
  9. 9. Billing• PAYG billed monthly in arrears against pre- registered credit card• Virtual Datacentre billed monthly or annually – credit card or by invoice – annual tariff billed in advance – discounts of up to 30% for annual commitment – over-usage billed at PAYG rates
  10. 10. Pricing• 3 key principles – return on investment by/for the community – sustainability – competitive• prices formally available on Monday• all prices ex-VAT• we will probably offer some kind of ‘introductory tier’ for institutions
  11. 11. Concluding remarks• we’d welcome feedback on: – the cloud platforms we support – pricing and billing models – anything else…• get in touch at (where we are also blogging our progress)
  12. 12. Questions?