Prominent Chinese University Seamlessly Consolidates IT Systems with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

September 13, 2012

The Chinese university in Beijing, which places strong emphasis on research, required a flexible, highly reliable and easy-to-manage infrastructure.

Customer: Chinese University

“We are extremely satisfied with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The system is stable and is easy to manage and maintain. The Red Hat solution provides a powerful virtualization architecture supporting the university’s core IT systems.” Project Director, Chinese University

Industry: Education
Geography: APAC
Country: China


Business Challenge:

The Chinese university in Beijing, which places strong emphasis on research, required a flexible, highly reliable and easy-to-manage infrastructure.

Software:

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization®

Hardware:

Dell PowerEdge M910 4-way blade server

Benefits:

With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, the university has consolidated its IT systems on a single platform and now enjoys the fast deployment and ease of maintenance that the system offers.

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Background:

Founded in 1952, the Chinese university in Beijing is a multi-disciplinary and open research university with strengths in aeronautics, astronautics and engineering technology. As a part of the Project 211 program, initiated in 1995 by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese university aims to raise research standards of high-level universities and cultivate strategies for socio-economic development. The university’s mission is to develop high-level talent to conduct forward-looking, high-tech research. More than 200 datacenter applications support IT services for around 30,000 teachers and students, as well as the digital campus, portal site and online teaching system.

Business Challenge:

Consolidated platform to ease IT infrastructure management

To serve the leading Chinese university’s campus IT needs, a flexible, highly reliable and easy-to-manage infrastructure built on virtualization technology was necessary. The infrastructure was needed to support business-related application systems, such as the financial management, portal and campus card services as well as the campus’s intranet and extranet. Legacy applications and different versions of operating systems and applications had to be consolidated onto one platform for unified management and monitoring.

After reviewing its entire environment, the university decided to implement a virtualization solution to consolidate its current datacenter systems and began evaluating different offerings in the market.

The new virtualization solution needed to be powerful, easy-to-maintain, and easy-to-manage. It also must have a long-term technical development plan and be adaptable to change. The selected solution provider needed to be able to plan, implement and consolidate the computing platform and storage platforms, as well as provide technical support with a single service interface.
 

Solution:

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is powerful and cost-effective

While reviewing the leading virtualization vendors in the market, the university discovered Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The Red Hat solution has proven to be a cost-effective, scalable solution with excellent performance–precisely what the university needed for its long-term virtualization strategy. With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and the mature and stable kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor, the university has realized a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as a service cost advantage. Since it is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization inherits and supports a comprehensive ecosystem of hardware and software vendors that is unparalleled in the x86 market.

The Chinese university discovered that upgrading Red Hat solutions is convenient and flexible and any Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization virtual machine comes with support from Red Hat experts who have built the technology. “With Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, we don’t have to worry about compatibility,” said the project director of the university.

Subscription model valued

The university valued the unique open source development model and subscription business model of Red Hat, and the benefits of the on-demand and resilient service subscription.

“The traditional software sales model lacks personalization, restricting our freedom in selecting software and service,” said the project director.

Running on the Dell PowerEdge M910 4-way blade server, the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization deployment at the university supports a multitude of operating systems, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, Windows 2000 and 2003, and SUSE 10 and 11, and hosts Oracle 10g and SQL 2000 databases.

Benefits:

Fast deployment, hassle-free maintenance

Since its implementation, the virtualized datacenter has been operating smoothly and effectively. With 9 physical machines supporting nearly 200 virtual application servers, the university saves considerably on hardware acquisition costs and enjoys high utilization of computing and storage resources.

Deployment time has been reduced from hours to minutes, and server rebuilding and application loading time has been reduced from 40 hours to just 30 minutes. Hardware maintenance and upgrades now require zero downtime as opposed to the formerly necessary 1 to 3-hour maintenance window.

Better alignment with business requirements

Since the migration to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, IT resources are better aligned with business priorities. All servers are managed as a unified resource pool and compatibility is no longer an issue, as the solution works with most hardware and software to implement heterogeneous platforms.

“We are very satisfied and pleased with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. The system has been running stably and is easy to manage and maintain. The Red Hat solution provides a powerful virtualization architecture supporting the university’s IT system,” said the project director.

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