NTU Increases Efficiency and Performance While Saving Costs with a Hybrid Cloud

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April 14, 2014

Nanyang Technological University sought an open hybrid cloud infrastructure to link the school's private cloud with its Amazon Web Services public cloud.

Customer: Nanyang Technological University

“We evaluated Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure to be one of the most versatile and complete cloud solutions available.“ - Professor Yeng Chai Soh, founding director, High Performance Computing Centre, NTU

Industry: Education
Geography: APAC
Country: Singapore


Software:

Red Hat® Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux® OpenStack® Platform, Red Hat Consulting, Amazon Web Services (AWS), NetApp Data Storage Systems, SGI UV, Equinix Singapore

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Business Challenge:
  • Support academic activities with scalable computing resources
  • Move workloads from a private university cloud to AWS during peak times while keeping data secure
  • Monitor resources in both on-premise and public cloud environments
Solution:
  • Employed a hybrid cloud model with Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, consisting of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat CloudForms, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  • Deployed hybrid cloud infrastructure to allow one contiguous network from NTU to Amazon using AWS Direct Connect
  • Attained secure data storage using a storage box mapped to NTU’s private storage
Benefits:
  • Increased scalability of resources without compromising security
  • Achieved greater efficiency through automatic resource provisioning
  • Allowed better use of existing resources and saved costs
  • Implemented a cloud model that can be used as a reference for similar universities
  • Achieved greater collaboration between agencies through better resource management

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