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Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system

2 Oct 2012 Tokyo - Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has recently deployed Cloud Ready Blocks, Fujitsu's integrated private-Cloud package, to add an on-campus private Cloud to its existing administrative information system for managing course registration, processing grades, and performing other administrative tasks.

With this upgrade, APU has the flexibility to allocate servers in response to peak demand, thereby increasing system performance and dramatically slashing the time needed to set up a server for temporary use down from one week to one day.

In addition, APU has deployed RapidWeb+, Fujitsu's web-system development solution that makes it possible to quickly set up applications needed for administrative tasks such as classroom management and facility reservations. APU looks forward to increasing workplace efficiency with the new environment.

At the beginning and end of each semester, APU's administrative system handles functions that tend to produce temporary bursts of activity requiring enormous amounts of data to be processed, such as new-student registration, on-line class registration, and processing academic-performance grades. The extra servers required to support this activity are brought online only as needed. APU, where roughly half of the 5,700-member student body is from abroad, has switched over entirely to a semester system, resulting in peak periods now coming twice a year. The workload associated with the more frequent set-up of temporary servers and test environments was becoming an issue for the university.

Also, to make the day-to-day tasks of classroom management and facility reservation more efficient, and to provide a higher level of service to students and their parents, the university needed an environment with the flexibility to add new systems, improve functionality, and increase performance.

System features and results include:

1. Private Cloud environment enables a more robust, more efficient system platform

By using a private Cloud, the temporary servers that are used during peak periods can be efficiently allocated to those areas with the highest utilization in order to increase performance.

Cloud Ready Blocks, Fujitsu's integrated private-Cloud package, enables flexible up-scaling and down-scaling of ICT resources to handle rapid allocation of and changes in temporary servers, as well as updated or modified task requirements. The package uses a portal menu where users can request and change ICT resources by entering a usage scenario and its requirements, enabling new servers to be set up in one day, a task which had previously taken a week (five days).

2. Provides platform for developing administrative applications

The Fujitsu RapidWeb+ web-system development solution has been deployed in the newly built private-Cloud environment, facilitating the rapid addition of new features. This automatically generates web screens to ensure the quick completion of administrative tasks that had typically been handled using manual input spreadsheet software, such as classroom management tasks or facility reservations. This can also automatically create links with other departments and compile statistics. Furthermore, since this development platform is built on top of the administrative-information system platform, it can access important data, such as the personal information of students, as well as the university's on-campus authentication system.

3. Rapid private-Cloud construction

This system uses Cloud Ready Blocks, Fujitsu's integrated private-Cloud package, which makes it possible to build private Cloud environments quickly and efficiently. Simply by following a question-and-answer process, Cloud Ready Blocks assembles tested elements into an optimal configuration. After that, the necessary hardware and devices with pre-loaded software are shipped directly to the customer, significantly reducing the time from shipment to full operation. In this case, the time from initial design to full operations took only two months.

With a firm understanding of its ICT needs, APU aims to accelerate the cycle of understanding, planning, building, operating, testing, and delivering timely services in response to user needs, as well as further enhancing the efficiency of its administrative work.

Fujitsu will continue to leverage its experience in supporting more universities with ICT, and to help APU create more value through the use of ICT in order to develop international talent.

Source: Fujitsu

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Primeur weekly 2012-10-08

The Cloud

ISC Cloud’12 shared new evolution images from HPC and big data in the Cloud ...

Bright Computing to present data aware Cloud bursting to the SLURM User Group ...

Oracle unveils expanded Oracle Cloud Services portfolio ...

Oracle extends Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management product family with innovative Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c introduces new tools and programmes for partners ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution bolsters Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University's administrative information system ...

Lending Club selects Oracle ERP Cloud Service to help increase insight and efficiencies ...

Customers live on Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management ...

Oracle continues to extend industry's no. 1 business innovation platform for the enterprise and the Cloud ...

Kwality Dairy selects IBM Cloud to drive supply chain efficiencies ...

Oracle announces ISV integration with Oracle Sales and Marketing Cloud Service ...

Oracle unveils new partner Cloud programmes at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 ...

Fujitsu Cloud solution enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform ...

HP advances software-defined networks with integrated infrastructure, controller and application solutions ...

Oracle announces Oracle Solaris 11.1 at Oracle OpenWorld ...

VMware simplifies compliance for business-critical applications in the Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

OProject@Home has been launched ...

EuroFlash

Altair's latest Compute Manager offers built-in 3D and 2D visualization of high-performance computing simulations ...

Green Brain project to create an autonomous flying robot with a honey bee brain ...

Hi-fi single photons ...

USFlash

Indiana University develops tool to improve NASA polar ice mission ...

Launch of the USA's fastest Genomic Supercomputing Platform reduces cancer genome analysis from months to seconds - One patient every 47 seconds ...

South Australian Research Facility unleashes the Tizard supercomputer ...

Mellanox InfiniBand selected by Fujitsu to accelerate the Australian National University supercomputer ...

Oracle announces Oracle Exadata X3 Database In-Memory Machine ...

Virginia Tech to tackle the Big Data challenges of next-generation sequencing with HokieSpeed ...

Iowa State researchers developing Big Data toolbox to help genome researchers ...

IBM completes acquisition of Texas Memory Systems ...

Brown University awarded $1.5 million for new Big Data tools ...

Cognitech Inc. announces release of industry's fastest mobile and tower supercomputing Forensic Video Workstations ...

Dell Smart Grid Data Management Solution enables utility companies to improve efficiency ...

New Zealand Freight Service provider adopts IBM PureSystems for IT consolidation ...

IBM boosts security, Cloud and analytics capabilities with new Power systems, storage and mainframe technologies ...

Sandia builds Android-based network to study cyber disruptions ...

Sandia gains national recognition for sustainable energy management ...

NSF announces interagency progress on administration's Big Data initiative ...

National Science Foundation awards Rutgers $1.4 million to help create ways to analyze Big Data ...