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

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