Cloud Lessons Learned: Case Studies -- Mark Roman, CANARIE
What’s Happening to ICT in Canada?ICT: Information and Communications Technology ICT VC Invesments45004000 2001350030002500200015001000500 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
CANARIE’s DAIR Program DAIR – the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research Program is: - an advanced, shared R & D environment for digital innovators and entrepreneurs to design, prototype, validate, and demonstrate new applications, products and services - a dedicated portion of the CANARIE high-speed, high-capacity fibre optic network, plus macro cellular, WiFi and compute and storage resources – offered at no charge during pilot phase: May 2011 – March 2012 - an opportunity to address a competitive disadvantage for small and medium- sized companies that would otherwise have to spend scarce resources on this kind of R & D infrastructure
Macro Wireless Wi-Fi, Wire Wi-Fi, Wire line Access line Access University Provincial University networks Compute Compute Node Node uAlberta uSherbrooke InternetSmall/ Small/Medium MediumEnterprise Enterprise
Who Will Benefit from DAIR?§ Small and Medium Enterprises § During pilot and full-roll out § ICT Research Community § During full roll-out§ Multinational Enterprises § During full roll-out
Results to Date• Users from across Canada, with participation from 8 provinces. Users are: v Not on the cloud: • Using DAIR to augment their own physical compute nodes but using resources not too differently than today. • Will eventually experiment with how they can leverage cloud computing as they become familiar. v Looking to the cloud: • Experiments are primarily with scaling for customer demand. v Already using the cloud: • Either expanding their tests OR • Transferring existing cloud compute resources on to DAIR.
DAIR - Uses• The companies participating come from a variety of IT (and non-traditional IT) sectors including: Gaming Video Social Media Simulations Security Mass Messaging Insurance Building Construction Mobile Development Platforms Cloud Computing Geo-navigation And more...
Feedback• Extremely positive feedback from users: “DAIR works very well for us. It is faster than our machines, allows us to run more experiments, it is reliable and we havent had any issues with it.” “Great system.” “We are starting to do some user testing using your cloud...things continue to go well.”
Economic Basis for CANARIE Private sector will not By collecting all demand Equality of network step in, as there is no across the Canada’s across Canada enables profitable business case research environment all regions to access given the significantly we create economies of research services different characteristics scale and scope to everywhere and of R&E networks leverage and deliver a complements successfulCANARIE addresses a market gap CANARIE aggregates demand CANARIE facilitates regional parity Private sector carriers cost-efficient digital federal-provincial are supportive of infrastructure resource collaboration CANARIE as a public good to advance research CANARIE purchases leading edge technology from the private sector, but does not compete with industry
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Research growth “Discovering” compuDng HumaniDes and social sciences Four drivers of core network demand Graphics, video, etc. 3D imaging Medical and health sciences Real Dme diagnosDcs TradiDonal sciences ExponenDal data and engineering volume growth Backup, restore Data management Archive, protect GROWING DEMAND
Research computing growth Why run HPC compuDng RaDonalize HPC from 27 Broadened demand for research on campus? to less data centres The cloud is not in Canada compuDng ProtecDon of Privacy, If 80% of research naDonal compeDDveness compuDng is non-‐HPC issues In both environments, the Build Canadian cloud network makes it happen services
Grow Canadian Access Federation EduRoam Core funcDons NaDonal interest in CAF Shibboleth Expand to full community, not simply UniversiDes Leverage Passive EduRoam Shibbolized NEP projects FEDERATED ACCESS
Canada, the world’s data centre Vast renewable hydro-‐ electric power How do we a`ract commercializaDon to Cooling is cheaper the farther north you go What is unique about Canada? Canada? GreenStar network innovaDons via follow the wind, follow the sun Manufacturing is the new agriculture. CANARIE backbone DATA CENTRE OPPORTUNITIES
DAIR to compare … Cybera What have we done in the cloud so uAlberta Working together on DAIR uSherbrooke far? CANARIE ExperienDal learning 23 SMEs and growing from DAIR pilot CLOUD EXPERIENCE
A cloudy future … FEDERATED ACCESS GROWING DATA CENTRE DEMAND OPPORTUNITIES SHARED VIABLE CLOUD NETWORK SERVICE BUSINESS EXPERIENCE MODEL