The following resources describe some early experiences with cloud computing in UK HE (reported mid 2011) as a result of the Jisc flexible service delivery programme:
Bloomsbury Media Cloud project
Led by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) as a collaborative partnership with the other Bloomsbury colleges Birkbeck, the Institute of Education (IOE), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), the School of Pharmacy and the London International Development Centre (LIDC).
- Building on a successful shared service around a VLE to introduce more innovation with multimedia content
- Marketing, especially to an international audience
- Easy access to content that was dispersed and difficult to find.
- A repository for digital media shared by all six Bloomsbury colleges
- Open Educational Resources (OERs) available to academics, researchers and the general public
- Cataloguing and tagging to enable easy resource discovery.
Find out more
- The Bloomsbury Media Cloud project case study.
- The Bloomsbury Media Cloud evaluation of different technical options.
Flessr project (flexible services for the support of research)
Led by University of Oxford in partnership with University of Reading, STFC, Eduserv, EoverI Ltd, Canonical, Eucalyptus Systems Inc
- Building capability in developing hybrid cloud infrastructures within the HE sector
- Enabling national and international collaboration on research by reducing the dependency on specific technical platforms
- Building capability in data management in the cloud
- Examining the business case for community versus public cloud models in HE.
- Creation of a hybrid cloud space
- Demonstration of the use of that space for different research purposes
- A solution that works for different communities with different technical platforms
- Experience of working with different cloud vendors
- Confirmation that open source products are not yet ready to deliver large-scale production services.
Find out more
- The Flessr project case study.
- Flessr project report on the business case for community cloud models in HE
- Flessr project technical use case – multi-platform software development
- Flessr project technical use case – setting up a hybrid cloud
- Flessr project technical use case – flexible, on-demand, data management and storage provision.
Led by King’s College London in partnership with STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) and Duraspace.
- The need to provide cost effective long-term storage for large quantities of research data
- The need to make effective use of storage and computing resources in a geographically dispersed institution
- The need to provide a mechanism to flexibly extend storage and computing resources to meet varying demands
- Increasing demands from funding bodies and research journals to extend the retention of research data so that it can be verified and used by other researchers
- Automation of data management tasks in order to improve the curation of research data.
- A pilot service, using a hybrid cloud deployment model, that offers an integrated SaaS package of repository services with some IaaS components
- A way of making best use of internal and external infrastructure services in order to offer a new flexible approach to research data management
- A relationship with trusted providers that addresses concerns around confidentiality and security of sensitive data
- An open source solution and a pragmatic approach to technical standards to allow future portability of data
- User-friendly features and automated workflows that contribute to changing the culture in archival practices of researchers
- Cost modelling to enable comparison of different approaches.
Find out more
View the Kindura project case study.