Loughborough University, Logicalis and JANet move hybrid cloud into mainstream

Loughborough University, Logicalis and JANet move hybrid cloud into mainstream

Logicalis UK, in conjunction with Loughborough University, has successfully moved a complete enterprise application stack – including both virtualised and non-virtualised workloads – back and forth between an on campus private cloud and Logicalis’ hosted cloud, via JANet (Joint Academic Network).

The exercise has validated Loughborough’s conviction that hybrid cloud is a viable IT service delivery platform, and demonstrates the true capabilities of cloud as far more than just a hypervisor workload enabler.

Leveraging Logicalis’ innovation in cloud infrastructure and its connection into JANet, Loughborough automated a total infrastructure move between data centres located over 200 miles apart, within minutes.

Phil Richards, director of IT Services at Loughborough University, commented, ‘If it sounds ground breaking it should do. We have just demonstrated that Loughborough’s strategy of leveraging JANet connected cloud services can transform the way we deploy ICT infrastructure forever. Very simply, we picked a number of virtual and physical servers running key applications, along with the associated networking, storage and security elements, and moved them to Logicalis’ data centre in Slough. The applications had no understanding they had changed hardware platform or that they had been moved or modified in anyway, and we did it within five minutes.

‘In successfully automating the move of an entire infrastructure and application stack in this way, we have proven that cloud is more than a vanilla slice of hypervisor paid for with a credit card. This is not an engineering experiment; this is a real, live, demonstrable and adoptable approach for secure enterprise application cloud deployment.’

In 2010, Loughborough University adopted Logicalis’ Cooperative Cloud as its strategic ICT platform, leveraging Logicalis’ JANet connected hosted cloud as the institution needs new capacity in the future. This enables Loughborough to move real IT services between on site private and off site shared hosted clouds rapidly, reliably and without application or infrastructure changes. Moreover, the university’s use of private cloud has enabled it to save over £2m in data centre regeneration costs.

The cloud solutions are based on Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), NetApp Storage platforms, and CA Technologies’ automation and orchestration tools.

Richards added, ‘The vision and hard work of Loughborough and Logicalis, and the willingness of JANet to support and encourage innovation in the sector, has created a totally new IT provisioning model. Loughborough is proud to be at the forefront of ICT transformation in the higher education sector and beyond.’

Tom Kelly, MD of Logicalis UK, concluded, ‘This is a significant achievement. Loughborough, with their foresight and innovative spirit, have just changed thinking around cloud forever, and proven that enterprise cloud has come of age.’

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