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Infrastructure Virtualization. Goal Reduce overall I T costs and risks, and improve service reliability and sustainability, by consolidating and virtualizing 80% of the distributed physical server infrastructure that is not related to research. Method

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Goal

Infrastructure Virtualization

Goal

  • Reduce overall IT costs and risks, and improve service reliability and sustainability, by consolidating and virtualizing 80% of the distributed physical server infrastructure that is not related to research.

    Method

  • “Sprint” approach to quickly develop and provide services that help departments address their challenge to move from physical servers to cost effective alternatives, including external cloud providers (community or commercial) and on-premises Cornell virtual infrastructure. 

    Actions Since April 22nd Launch

  • Developeda “Cash for Clunkers” program, a CIT underwritten initiative to provide free VM’s for fiscal year 2012 for each physical server moved to the Cornell central VM pool.   CIT will partner with members of Cornell’s community to help them with their VM migration needs.

  • Established simple not-to-exceed multi-year pricing for VM services, with no unrelated overheads

  • Formed a core VM services deployment team comprised of experts consolidated from across CIT’s NCS, S&O, IS and project management office.

  • Formed a VM Services Advisory Board to provide a structured forum for ongoing feedback and guidance to the core VM services deployment team.

  • Joined the Internet2 Community Cloud Initiative along with 11 other leading universities to work with I2, HP and AT&T to develop a higher education focused cloud VM resource.

  • Early adopter migration discussions are in progress with SAS, Arts & Sciences, Vet school and Facilities.


Goal

Infrastructure Virtualization

Related next steps

  • Deploy a Network Attached Storage service (NAS) gateway that will:

    • reduce total number of campus file servers by ~30 in CIT and up to 35 more across campus

    • lower overall system administration effort and costs

    • provide an 18 month ROI and potential savings >$100K/yr

    • improve disaster recovery for critical services(Peoplesoft, Kuali, Blackboard)

    • cost $160,000 (includes 3 yrmaintenance), funded/installed with existing CIT resources

  • Migrate many of the distributed Active Directory services to the Enterprise Active Directory domain, thereby reducing duplication of these services as the distributed physical infrastructure is virtualized

  • Development of VM assessment forum(s)

  • Identification of internal and external resources to supplement departmental staff conversion efforts

  • Develop FAQ’s, service descriptions, web presence, and other sources of ongoing project status information


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