Loughborough University has acquired the services of Logicalis to provide an on-site bespoke private cloud, to be integrated with an off-site, cooperative hosted cloud.
The university, whose data centres were built 40 years ago, will be making significant cost savings and save over 640 metric tonnes of CO2 per annum. The hybrid cloud infrastructure will enable the organisation to meet its capacity demands for growing research, teaching and enterprise services.
Logicalis said that the on-site cloud being deployed at the university is a mix of Cisco, NetApp and CA technologies.
The strategic IT partnership also includes a Unified Communications & Collaboration suite that will be used by 3,000 University staff and 1,600 Business & Community Engagement tenants residing on the campus. Logicalis will also be deploying a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that will be implemented across corporate desktops throughout the university in order to cut down on processing costs and centralise support.
Loughborough University also has plans to extend the VDI environment to a virtual learning platform in the future.
Simon Daykin, CTO of Logicalis UK, said in a statement, “We have been able to leverage the innovation of our private cloud design and hosted cloud services to transform the future of server and storage provisioning at the University.”