Macao Polytechnic delivers DIY resource portal on private cloud
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 09-May-2011
In Macau, the Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) adopted a private cloud model to simplify infrastructure tasks such as capacity planning and disaster recovery and to deliver a Web-based portal for self-service IT resources provisioning.
Established in 1991, MPI runs six academic units for as about 3,000 students and staff. Its proportion of computers to students is currently maintained at 1:3.
Students and staff at MPI rely on IT resources to support their academic work, placing a heavy workload on its Computer Service Centre, which MPI's students and staff with computing facilities and services to support the academic, research and administrative needs.
|"During heavy homework periods, high resource demands meant students had to wait a long time for the required IT resources to complete their projects." |
-- José Chan, head of MPI's Computer Service Centre
In the past, students waited up to a few days to receive responses or services from the Computer Service Centre. Routine tasks such as server and software deployment also consumed a bulk of the IT team's time. This hindered them from focusing on other valuable projects.
"During heavy homework periods, high resource demands meant students had to wait a long time for the required IT resources to complete their projects," said José Chan Fai Man, head of MPI's Computer Service Centre, who leads both the Software Development Team and the Technical Support Team.
To enhance its ability to provide quality education to the Macau community, MPI turned to HP to develop a cloud technology roadmap through the HP Cloud Discovery Workshop, where MPI has its cloud computing needs addressed.
Quick IT resource provision
In collaboration with HP, MPI implemented the HP BladeSystem Matrix for private cloud infrastructure to deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.
BladeSystem Matrix is said to help simplify complex infrastructure tasks such as capacity planning and disaster recovery. MPI's private cloud infrastructure is now able to provision virtual infrastructure resources in minutes rather than months.
It is expected to reduce the IT staff's workload by automating or simplifying their routine work, allowing them to focus more of their time on other valuable projects and still manage cloud resources with full control. In turn, the platform will help MPI expand its cloud services in the future.
"The new private cloud we have adopted with HP BladeSystem Matrix will allow students and academic staff to easily request resources on a single, simple Web-based self-service portal and dramatically improve our ability to deliver those needed resources instantly," Chan said.