The UMF Cloud Pilot

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A 10-minute lightning talk by Matt Johnson at the Eduserv Symposium 2011 - Virtualisation and the Cloud.

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The UMF Cloud Pilot

  1. 1. The UMF Cloud Pilot<br />What, Why, Where and When?<br />Matt Johnson, Head of Research, Eduserv<br />
  2. 2. What?<br />
  3. 3. Cloud service designed specifically for education<br />Designed to address the major concerns of HEIs<br />Data remains in the UK at all times<br />Operated for the long-term benefits of the UK academic sector<br />Integrated with the JANET network<br />Lower the costs associated with IT provisioning<br />Pilot to run for 1 year<br />Key outcome is to establish sustainable business models<br />
  4. 4. Key service components<br />Compute services:<br />Vmware vSphere virtualised environment<br />OpenStack Compute on-demand cloud environment<br />Microsoft Hyper-V capability<br />Storage services:<br />Tiered block and file-level storage<br />Long-term data archiving capability<br />Web portal access<br />
  5. 5. Infrastructure scale (planned)<br />Compute infrastructure:<br />Blade-based X64 hardware<br />Virtual instances from 1 GB – 32 GB memory, 1-4 vCPUs<br />Storage services:<br />> 200 TB initially, scalable to multi-PB<br />Scalable multi-tier archiving service<br />Network connectivity<br />10 Gbit/s dual-circuit connectivity onto SuperJANET<br />
  6. 6. Why?<br />
  7. 7. To help realise potential benefits of the Cloud<br />For the Community<br />As a scalable platform for shared service development<br />Platform that addresses performance, contract and service levels<br />For Institutions<br />Offering a viable alternative to on-campus datacentre projects<br />Helping to lower CO2 emissions and IT overheads<br />For Faculty<br />On-demand access to high-capacity storage & compute services<br />
  8. 8. To replace this…<br />
  9. 9. …with this:<br />
  10. 10. And this…<br />
  11. 11. …with this:<br />
  12. 12. And all for less:<br />£££<br />
  13. 13. Where?<br />
  14. 14. HE Pilot Cloud facility<br />Hosted at Eduserv’s Swindon Datacentre<br />Owned and operated by Eduserv<br />Capacity and power for >600 racks of infrastructure<br />PUE efficiency design of <1.4<br />JANET backbone connectivity<br />Operated by Eduserv<br />24 x 7 systems monitoring<br />99.9% SLA<br />
  15. 15. When?<br />
  16. 16. Anticipated timelines<br />Summer 2011<br />Shared services platform<br />Service desk and community support<br />Autumn 2011<br />Web portal with UK access management federation integration <br />Cloud compute and storage platform<br />Winter 2011<br />Sustainable business model agreed<br />
  17. 17. Thank you!<br />Matt Johnson<br />Head of Research<br /> email: Matt.Johnson@eduserv.org.uk<br /> twitter: @mhj_work<br /> web: http://www.eduserv.org.uk/research<br />FleSSR: http://flessr.blogspot.com/<br />© McMorrows<br />

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