JISC, SURF, CSC Cloud workshop April 2012 JISC Country Update

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23
-
24 April 2012

JISC, SURF, CSC


Cloud workshop April
2012


JISC Country Update




Rachel Bruce, Innovation Director, Digital Infrastructure,
JISC


Outline


Why JISC & cloud.


What we’ve done


studies,
programmes, services.


Where next?



Why JISC is interested


New way of doing things not a new technology
-

opportunity


Efficiencies


costs



energy





Under the UK Climate Change Act 2008, the higher and further education
sectors must meet carbon reduction targets of 34% by 2020 and 80% by
2050, compared with 1990 levels.


Innovation

& more
effective

processes


collaboration


sharing data & applications; developing collaboratively;
scalability.


New processes


buying services rather than buying
hardware


Implications


legal,

skills, procurement
,
funding models


Hype

from
reality








Where have we done & where
have we got to? (1)




Surveying the landscape








Universities

General Use




Email, Storage, Web Services,

VLEs


Better service; costs; collaboration; lower
hardware o/h re green strategy


http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/greeningict/
cloudstudyreport.pdf



Research

-


Technical: Cloud

wont replace HPC in
foreseeable future; work with standards
bodies; invest shared services in a cloud
context ( virtualisation etc); data & storage
shared clouds deal with security.


Research Use: cloud bursting; infrequent use;
flexible use DIY; transfer to commercial &
cloud based publications ( refs to software etc)



http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/researchinfrastructur
e/usingcloudcomp.aspx




Flexible Service Delivery


Cloud pilots



Bloomsbury media cloud


repository for all six colleges


OERS for all, links
to VLE


FLeSSR



flexible services for research


hybrid cloud , working with
different vendors, business case, open source / vendor assessment…on
demand data management / storage. ( Reading,
Eduserv
)

Product modularisation:


Cumulus



curriculum management in the cloud integrates with local
database (Nottingham,
Roehampton
, Lincoln,
DeMontfort
, CC
Canterbury)…breaking down systems


free up from monolithic vendor
system Unit4 is the supplier of the Student Record System used




Legal Toolkit
-

Security, privacy, data protection, SLAs
-

http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/ManageContent/ViewDetail/ID/213
5/JISC
-
Legal
-
Cloud
-
Computing
-
and
-
the
-
Law
-
Toolkit
-
31082011.aspx



Research cloud pilots with EPSRC

University of
Southampton with
Microsoft Azure


scale required for
space debris



University of
Westminster


cloudbursting



cloud augmented
Grid
-

biologist able to
deal with scaled up
molecule simulations


University of Kent at
Canterbury


Access &
Identity Management
for cloud

Costing the cloud
:

“On a pure price comparison, the more powerful cloud
computing instances, rented on an hourly basis, appear to
be one
-
and
-
a
-
half to two times more expensive per core
-
hour than well
-
managed, locally
-
provided clusters in
modern data centres operating at high utilisation levels. “


http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/programmes/research_infrastructur
e/costcloudresearch.pdf

Developing Services JISC /HEFCE
UMF


£12.5M
UMF Shared Services and the
Cloud
Programme


Brokerage
-

Janet


Pilot cloud
-

Eduserv


Research Data Management


“killer apps”,
support


Administrative systems
-

various, Nexus etc

Universities
Modernisation

Fund


Aim
: Promote uptake of hosted data centre and cloud
services


Why?


To create efficiencies and cost savings


To improve services and add value


How?


Create a focused competitive market


Remove the hurdles to cloud adoption


Advocate good practice

Janet Brokerage background

Infrastructure cloud framework


Cloud infrastructure (
IaaS
)


Predictable billing (monthly per instance)


Technical flexibility private / public


Expect hybrid to be a popular model


Useful for researchers



Combined package


Co
-
location needed too, not a pure cloud service



Suppliers are keen to pilot





There has been significant interest
-

150+ web visits on 1
st

day of
launch but …


Converting interest into adoption is difficult

Technology is maturing

The business case of cloud versus in house needs to be made
clearer

Preference for CAPEX ( capital ) over OPEX (
operational/recurrent )







Challenges

1.

Microsoft & Google Email
-

Office 365 & Equivalent

2.

Making the Cloud Framework deliver value

3.

Total Cost of Ownership (and data centre efficiency)

4.

Tiered Storage (requirements and procurement)

5.

Cloud migration & commercial model development

6.

DPS


commodity compute and storage

7.

Vendor relationships

8.

Cloud & HPC & e
-
Infrastructure (and offers)



The current priority list

JISC Advance Nexus


A new service which joins up software applications using and
enterprise service bus (ESB)


To make processes better, faster and/or cheaper


To automate information transfers to external agencies


To link local administrative systems to remote services


The
platform is deployed as a Central ESB


joining up the
sector;
OR


It can be deployed as a local ESB to reduce the complexity of
your IT configuration.


The technology is industrial strength and is used by many
household names


not least eBay


12

RMAS Architecture

Shared Service Enterprise Service Bus

CRM

Workflow

Electronic
Document
Management

Academic
Expertise

Funding
Sourcing
Tool

Proposal
Management

Costing &
P
ricing
Management

Post Award
Management

Outputs &
Outcomes

Local ESB

Module

1…n


Research Data Management


Examples


ViDaaS

-

Virtual Infrastructure for Database as a Service
-

(University of
Oxford)


an easy to use cloud hosted database management tool



DataFlow

(University of Oxford)


an integrated set of tools to manage
data within Life Sciences and other similar research projects to make it easier
to submit data for longer
-
term storage in an appropriate standards compliant
data repository




Curation

& re
-
use and citation of research data.


Transferability, re
-
use, of the tools …products that are sustained.


Issues


Skills



change


outsourcing
-

work with HR & keep
in house technical skills


Vendor engagement


terms and conditions


Interoperability
, standards


Moonshot


User experience


Keeping up
with the change in cloud capability


Costs

& the associated processes


JISC use of cloud
? Dealing with legacy


Interest in to use
& business models


International collaboration