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Eduserv and the Cloud. Who we are, what we do, what you can do…. Matt Johnson. Topics. Eduserv’s Community Cloud Short history of Eduserv Journey to the Cloud Building a Cloud platform Build your own Cloud-based eco-system Questions welcome at any time!. Short History of Eduserv.

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eduserv and the cloud
Eduserv and the Cloud

Who we are, what we do, what you can do…

Matt Johnson

topics
Topics
  • Eduserv’s Community Cloud
    • Short history of Eduserv
    • Journey to the Cloud
    • Building a Cloud platform
  • Build your own Cloud-based eco-system
  • Questions welcome at any time!
a history of eduserv in 3 slides 1 3
A history of Eduserv in 3 slides… (1/3)
  • Started in 1988 as CHEST & NISS at University of Bath
    • Licensing negotiation & gateway services (via Telnet)
    • First UK academic web portal in 1994
    • Single sign-on service launched 1996
a history of eduserv in 3 slides 2 3
A History of Eduserv in 3 slides… (2/3)
  • Became the independent charity “Eduserv” in 1999
    • Core mission to promote the use of ICT in education
    • Primary hosting provider for Department of Education
    • Worked with Cabinet Office to implement UKonline
a history of eduserv in 3 slides 3 3
A History of Eduserv in 3 slides… (3/3)
  • Year on year growth since 2001
    • >3.5m registered users of Eduserv-based services
    • Returned more than £5m in grants to academia
    • New datacentre for education & the public sector
eduserv in 2012
Eduserv in 2012
  • Stable, trusted provider of services to academia
    • 127 staff (with around 5 further vacancies)
    • turnover of £17.8m in 2010/11
    • Fully UK based, with no shareholder pressures
  • Developing new products and services
    • Next generation of Identity & Access Mgmt services
    • Implementing Cloud services for education &government
eduserv s journey to the cloud
Eduserv’s journey to the Cloud
  • Research into public cloud services (early 2010)
  • JISC FleSSR project (2010-2011)
    • £30k grant, partnership with University of Oxford
  • UMF Cloud pilot (2011-2012)
    • £1.3m HEFCE funded project
  • Eduserv Community Cloud Infrastructure (2012+)
    • Delivering multiple cloud-based services for our customers
umf deliverables
UMF Deliverables
  • vCloud Compute (https://vcloud.cloud.eduserv.org.uk/)
    • VMware-based (vSphere 5 + vCloud Director 1.5)
    • Being used internally for education, government and 3rd sector services
    • Currently in beta (with 30+ HE/FE organisations)
  • File Storage (https://storage.cloud.eduserv.org.uk/)
    • Deliberately distinct from API-driven web storage (such as Amazon S3)
    • Delivered using standard storage protocols
      • Initially WebDAV
      • SFTP, NFS and CIFS potential future protocols
    • Launched in beta during July
what wasn t funded by umf
What wasn’t funded by UMF…
  • Multi-site deployments
    • Currently services are based only in Swindon (but has been designed to work across multiple sites)
  • Backups
    • Pilot service places onus on customers for backups
  • Commercial network connectivity
    • Currently restricted to academic users only
  • For lots of potential customers, these are “show-stoppers”
next step community cloud infrastructure cci
Next Step – Community Cloud Infrastructure (CCI)
  • CCI service will build on UMF to deliver
    • Dual site capability (Swindon and Slough)
    • DR functionality (automated site failover)
    • Customer backups
    • Documentation to support IL0-2 accreditation
  • Scheduled to launch November 2012
    • Already have customers waiting to use the service
design goals
Design Goals
  • Community Cloud, not Public Cloud
    • Already lots of public cloud providers
    • Need to differentiate on something other than scale
  • Quality
    • Built using “premium” components
    • Capable of being redeployed for different architectures
  • Security
    • UK ownership and location (US PATRIOT Act concerns)
    • Auditability of assets and processes
hardware network
Hardware - Network
  • Network requirements
    • 10 Gbps end-to-end capability
    • No single point of failure
    • Scalability to >1,000 connected hosts
    • *Lots* of VLAN partitioning
  • Network choices
    • Juniper SRX gateway for firewall / intrusion detection
    • Cisco Nexus 7k for core switching
    • Cisco Nexus 5k for distribution switching
hardware compute
Hardware - Compute
  • Compute requirements
    • Highly scalable (to >1,000 connected hosts)
    • Memory density (limiting factor in virtualisation)
    • Vmware & Microsoft HCL
  • Compute choices
    • Cisco Unified Compute System
    • Blade-based infrastructure with 2 x CPUs, power management
    • 192 GB per blade capable (using 8 GB DIMM)
    • Diskless (for ease of management)
hardware storage
Hardware - Storage
  • Storage requirements
    • Highly scalable (multi-PB capable)
    • Support for block and file-level storage
    • Easy to manage / support
  • Storage choices
    • EMC Isilon Storage Cluster
    • NFS / iSCSI node-based NAS platform
    • Scalable to 14+ PB in a single namespace
    • Mix-and-match different performance/capacity nodes
    • High efficiency (90% usable space with N+2:1 protection)
cloud platform
Cloud Platform
  • Cloud platform requirements
    • Compatibility within Eduserv’s core markets (academic, government)
    • Cost-effective to sell and support
  • Cloud platform choices
    • Initial support for Vmware’s vCloud Director
    • Builds on vSphere, highly used in the public / academic sector
    • High levels of existing skills at Eduserv
    • Complementary to public-cloud – offers different types of functionality
lots of things to think about
Lots of things to think about…
  • Customer services
    • DNS, DHCP, SMTP, AD, VPN, NTP, SSH, RDP
    • Self service support v Managed services
  • Management services
    • Monitoring, Alerting, Reporting, Billing
    • Orchestration, automation, backup, firewall, load-balancing, IDS
  • Multi-site implementation
    • Automated v manual failover capabilities
    • Management plane resilience
biggest challenges to cloud
Biggest challenges to Cloud
  • Pricing model
    • Getting the balance right between covering costs and remaining competitive
    • Understanding average / peak usage, usage profiles, growth trends, etc
  • Intrusion Detection / Prevention
    • How much is the supplier responsible for customer services
    • Balancing autonomy against a requirement to retain network whitelisting
  • Requires different mind-set for architects
    • Encouraging people think “Cloud” design, rather than “Legacy” design
    • Doesn’t often work with current generation of “enterprise” applications
in less than 2 hours you will have
In less than 2 hours, you will have
  • Generic email address with ActiveSync capabilities
  • Fully manageable DNS with own domain name
  • Personalised email address using own domain name
  • Website / Intranet / Wiki / Document Management services
  • Cloud compute, database, network and monitoring services
  • Cloud storage and synchronisation between computers
  • And all for the price of a domain registration (£2.40 per year)
1 register a generic email address
1. Register a (generic) email address
  • Lots of free webmail services
  • Using MS Outlook.com
    • ActiveSync services
    • Clean interface
  • Time taken: 2 mins
    • summerschool12@outlook.com
2 register a domain name
2. Register a domain name
  • Lots of services
  • Using 123-reg
    • UK-based
    • Cheap (£2.39 for .info)
  • Time taken
    • 5 mins (to register)
    • 5 mins (to configure)
    • Up to 12 hours (to propagate)
3 register for name server hosting
3. Register for Name-server hosting
  • Using Point
    • SaaS DNS hosting
    • UK-based service
    • Free (for 5 domains)
  • Time taken
    • 5 mins (to register)
4 configure ns records
4. Configure NS records
  • 123-reg control panel
    • Use Point NS servers
    • dns1.pointhq.com …
  • Point control panel
    • Allocate domain name
    • Auto-add Google Apps
  • Time taken
    • 5 mins (to configure)
    • 2 hours (to propagate)
5 check dns configuration
5. Check DNS configuration
  • From command line
    • Nslookup
  • From the web
    • DNS Stuff, Pingdom
  • Check
    • NS records
    • MX records
  • Time taken
    • 1 min
6 personalised email matt@summerschool12 info
6. Personalised Email (matt@summerschool12.info)
  • Fewer choices
    • Google Apps
    • MS Office365
  • Multi-step registration
    • Register details
    • Validate identity, DNS
    • Configure Google App Services
  • Time taken
    • 30 mins
7 google apps
7. Google Apps
  • Google Apps
    • Familiar Gmail interface
    • ActiveSync integration
    • Powerful Drive integration
    • Paid and free options
    • Up to 10 users for free
  • Time taken
    • 30+ mins
8 cloud iaas paas saas
8. Cloud IaaS, PaaS, SaaS
  • Lots of cloud services
    • Few offer free service
  • Amazon Web Services
    • Original & biggest cloud provider
    • Free tier (for one year)
  • Registration is straightforward
    • Requires credit card
    • Mobile validation
  • Time taken
    • 10 mins to register
9 amazon web services
9. Amazon Web Services
  • Wide range of services
    • EC2 - compute
    • S3 - storage
    • RDS / DynamoDB – database
    • SNS - notifications
    • CloudWatch – monitoring
    • … and lots more
  • Well documented
    • Check out the Kindle library
10 microsoft websitespark
10. Microsoft WebSiteSpark
  • MS Web Development
    • Aimed at SMEs / individuals
    • Free for 3 years
  • Range of services
    • Free licences (Visual Studio, etc)
    • Free access to Azure PaaS
    • Hosting support
  • Time taken
    • 15 mins to register
11 cloud storage synchronisation
11. Cloud Storage & Synchronisation
  • Hugely competitive
    • Free tiers with bonus storage
    • Inter-machine syncing
  • Market leaders
    • DropBox (2 GB)
    • SugarSync (5 GB)
    • Google Drive (5 GB)
    • MS SkyDrive (7 GB)
  • Time taken
    • 5 mins to register
other useful cloud apps
Other useful Cloud apps
  • Pivotal Tracker – Agile PM
  • Google Analytics – Web Analytics
  • Wordpress.com – Blogging
  • Kindle – reading (& docs)
  • Pingdom – web monitoring
  • Evernote – online notebook
  • Pastie.org – online clipboard
  • TryStack.org – OpenStack sandbox
  • JotForm.com – online web forms
  • Moonfruit.com – hosted CMS
  • Heroku.com – Ruby hosting
useful links
Useful Links
  • MS Outlook: http://www.outlook.com/
  • Point DNS: http://www.pointhq.com/
  • 123-Reg: http://www.123-reg.co.uk/
  • Google Apps: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html
  • AWS: http://aws.amazon.com/free
  • MS WebSiteSpark: http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/support.aspx
  • Dropbox: http://ww.dropbox.com
  • SugarSync: http://www.sugarsync.com/
  • Google Drive: http://drive.google.com/
  • MS SkyDrive: http://skydrive.live.com/
where to find out more
Where to find out more
  • Education Cloud support site:
    • http://support.cloud.eduserv.org.uk/
  • Website:
    • http://www.eduserv.org.uk/hosting/cloud-computing/