UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education


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A talk about the UMF Cloud PIlot, presented at the All Hands Meeting 2011 in York.

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UMF Cloud Pilot: architecturing an IaaS offer for higher education

  1. 1. UMF Cloud Pilot<br />architecting an IaaS offer<br />for higher education<br /><br />@andypowe11<br />
  2. 2. Summary<br />background<br />the UMF Cloud Pilot<br />design decisions (so far)<br />business models and sustainability<br />
  3. 3. University Modernisation Fund<br />£12.5 million from HEFCE to encourage uptake of shared services in HE<br />efficiency and value for money as key drivers<br />channelled thru the JISC Shared Servicesand the Cloud programme<br />research and administrative computing<br />JANET Brokerage, DCC and Eduserv<br />4 SaaS projects<br />RMAS, DARE and ESB<br />running until end of March 2012<br />
  4. 4. About Eduserv<br />not-for-profit IT services company<br />best known in academia for OpenAthens and CHEST<br />web hosting and development for government sector<br />20 year sustainable track record of growth<br />>3.5m registered users of Eduserv-based services<br />115 staff - turnover of £16.5m in 2009/10<br />new datacentre in Swindon specifically foreducation and the public sector<br />charitable mission to encourage theeffective use of ICT in ‘public good’organisations<br />
  5. 5. UMF Cloud Pilot overview<br />compute and storage cloud infrastructure<br />designed to address the major concerns of HEIs<br />data remains in the UK at all times<br />operated for the long-term benefitof the UK academic sector<br />integrated with the JANET network<br />lower the costs associatedwith IT provisioning<br />
  6. 6. 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-termdevelopment of the service<br />post-funding (April 2012) Eduservwillcontinue to operate the serviceon a commercial basis<br />
  7. 7. Delivered from<br />our Swindon Data Centre<br />capacity and power for >600 racks of infrastructure<br />modular design<br />PUE efficiency design of <1.4<br />JANET backbone connectivity vianewJANET PoP<br />
  8. 8. Service levels and resilience<br />operated by Eduserv<br />24 x 7 systems monitoring and support<br />minimum 99.9% SLA<br />desire to launch secondary site during 2012<br />support for automated replication ofdata between sites<br />will deliver multi-site replicationand failover<br />equivalent to Amazon AWS“Regions”<br />
  9. 9. Architected for scalability<br />Cisco UCS blade infrastructure<br />dual 6-core 3.06GHz processors with 64GB RAM<br />designed to scale to >1,500 cores, 8TB of RAM per ‘pod’<br />multiple ‘pods’<br />Isilon storage<br />clustered NAS solution with near-SAN performance<br />scalable to 10PB usable<br />connectivity<br />2-tier Cisco switched network (core anddistribution)<br />fully resilient with no single point offailure (including dual path toJANET PoP)<br />all ports running at 10 Gbit/s<br />
  10. 10. Our offer<br />vCloud Compute<br />OpenStack Compute<br />VM Storage<br />File Storage<br />JANET connectivity<br />all accessed via a self-service portalintegrated with the UK AccessManagementFederation<br />… with possibility of long termtapearchiving in the future<br />
  11. 11. Timescales<br />now<br />vCloudCompute ‘lab’ environment for use by UMF-funded SaaS projects<br />by end of the year<br />pricing details (mid-October)<br />vCloudCompute general availability<br />early 2012<br />self-service Web portal<br />OpenStack Compute availability<br />File Storage beta<br />
  12. 12. Design decisions<br />Cisco UCS<br />good fit with other activities, options for offering blade leasing<br />Isilon<br />NAS with SAN-like performance, flexible capacity, no single point of failure<br />VMware<br />good fit with institutional vSphere services<br />OpenStack<br />good backing from industry,where OSS momentum seemsto be<br />
  13. 13. Business models / sustainability<br />for us, ‘cloud’ is part of a spectrum that spans co-lo right up to highly managed services<br />our cloud offer is geared to both the ‘institution’ and to ‘individuals’<br />competitive pricing (<Amazon)<br />billing – credit card and invoice<br />policies for security, SLA,privacy, etc.<br />announcing pricing mid-October<br />
  14. 14. vCloud pricing model<br />‘enterprise’ offer primarily for institutions (rather than individuals)<br />virtual datacentre ‘tariff’ model<br />monthly commitment (compute and storage)<br />invoice-based billing<br />free introductory tier (probably lasting 2 or 3 months)<br />pay-as-you-go model to meet short term requirements<br />note that vCloud will carry pricepremium to meet VMwarelicensing costs<br />
  15. 15. OpenStack pricing model<br />designed to appeal to individual researchers<br />pay-as-you-go (hourly) model<br />instance sizes comparable with Amazon<br />payment by credit card / Paypal<br />introductory free tier – 12 months ofa micro instance<br />be interested in views on a morepredictable ‘tariff’ model forresearchers?<br />
  16. 16. Storage pricing model<br />priced both as part of ‘virtual datacentre’ tariff model and separately as pay-as-you-go<br />looking at whether we price VM Storage and File Storage separately or have single storage offer and let Isilon migrate storage automatically<br />
  17. 17. Connectivity pricing model<br />data transfer will be free (in and out)<br />public IP addresses above the standard allocation (probably one per customer) will be charged on a monthly basis<br />
  18. 18. Concluding remarks<br />we’d welcome feedback on:<br />the cloud platforms we support<br />integration with campus authentication<br />pricing and billing models<br />anything else…<br />get in touch at we are also blogging our progress)<br />
  19. 19. Questions?<br /><br />