Hybrid Clouds & Mini Pods


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A talk by Phil Richards at the Eduserv Symposium 2011 - Virtualisation and the Cloud.

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Hybrid Clouds & Mini Pods

  1. 1. Hybrid Clouds & Mini PodsEduserv Symposium 201112 May<br />Dr Phil Richards<br />Director of IT, Loughborough University<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />The problem we are trying to solve?<br />Definition of cloud<br />Commodity and complexity IT<br />What are large IT organisations doing?<br />Do what I say, not what I do<br />Hybrid cloud: de-risking the cloud<br />The killer app for HE FE cloud?<br />JANET brokerage – national grid for cloud<br />
  3. 3. The problem we are trying to solve<br />Save £100Ms from £23Bn UK HE turnover<br />~ 2% spent on servers and storage = £460M<br />Can we save 50% of £460M?<br />
  4. 4. Definition of cloud<br />“Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”<br />(US National Institute of Standards and Technology)<br />
  5. 5. Commodity vs complexity IT<br />Complexity ITinsource, innovate<br />Commodity IToutsource, share<br />Dynamic equilibrium<br />
  6. 6. Commodity vs complexity IT<br />Cloud for quality<br />Cloud for savings<br />Complexity ITinsource, innovate<br />Commodity IToutsource, share<br />Dynamic equilibrium<br />
  7. 7. HP consolidation project<br />Create ‘private cloud’<br />Data centres: 85 6 (3 x pairs)<br />Applications 6000 3000<br />Investment: $100Ms to create own JANET<br />Saving: $1Bn per annum revenue<br />(Source: eweek.com)<br />Lesson: ‘industrial scale’ key to savings<br />
  8. 8. What is ‘industrial scale’?<br />“… construction of extremely large-scale, commodity-computer data centres at low-cost locations… uncovered the factors of 5 to 7 decrease in cost of electricity, bandwidth, operations, software and hardware at these very large economies of scale.”<br />Armburst, Armando Fox et al.,Above the Clouds, Berkeley<br />
  9. 9. Industrial-scale European data centres<br />Source: Greenpeace report ‘How dirty is your data?’, April 2011<br />
  10. 10. The ‘killer app’ for HE FE cloud?<br />Research tools?<br />Shared administrative applications?<br />Cheap virtual servers (IaaS) via hybrid cloud<br />Organic change: current IT staff retain job and role<br />Cost savings if remote cloud ‘industrial scale’<br />Performance, security OK if via JANET Brokerage<br />Exit strategy: risk mitigated by migration back to local cloud<br />
  11. 11. Where are suppliers angling?<br />PSN counter example – Wales PSBA, grew out of JANETwww.psba.org.uk<br />Hybrid cloud IaaS counter-example – we may need to make it ourselves with Eduserv and Logicalis<br />
  12. 12. De-risking the cloud and avoiding major buildLoughborough’s Hybrid Cloud<br />Co-operative Cloud<br />Avoid refurb<br />Save £Ms<br />+<br />OJEU competitive dialogue for buy-in<br />Local cloud2 x ‘mini-pods’<br />Logicalis BOCS<br />Remote cloudvia<br />‘Traditional’data centreto retire<br />
  13. 13. Summary: possible ingredients for large-scale cloud success<br />Incremental change via IaaS virtual servers and storage<br />Staff retain jobs and outlet for skills – no barrier<br />University apps to differentiate and compete as needed<br />De-risk transition via IaaS hybrid cloud<br />Local cloud mini-pods avoid data centre new build cost<br />Easy rollback/exit strategy from remote cloud<br />£100M+ cost savings from industrial scale IaaS remote cloud<br />But we will really have to force suppliers to provide this – or DIY<br />JANET as national grid for ‘utility’ IaaS remote cloud<br />JANET is already in place!<br />JANET to set and assure standards and security levels<br />JANET to act as ‘broker’ for competitive HE FE deals or DIY<br />
  14. 14. JANET – our ‘national grid’ for hybrid cloud<br /> brokerage<br /> Remote industrialdata centre 2<br /> Remote industrialdata centre 1<br /> University or College local clouds<br />
  15. 15. JANET – our ‘national grid’ for hybrid cloud<br /> brokerage<br /> Remote industrialdata centre 2<br /> Remote industrialdata centre 1<br /> University or College local clouds<br /> Test data centres<br />