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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 enhances Kansai University's educational research system platform

4 Oct 2012 Osaka - Fujitsu and Kansai University have collaborated in enhancing Kansai University's educational research system platform through the use of Cloud computing. The new system began full-fledged operations on September 21, 2012.

By employing virtualization technology, the new system consolidates the previous array of 21 servers down to only two. Furthermore, Kansai University's file servers for both students and faculty members were further enhanced with the deployment of "Organic Storage Service II", Fujitsu's Cloud-based online file storage service that is able to dynamically scale its storage capacity to match changes in usage volume. The addition of this new service works to further optimize the deployment of ICT resources, increase operational efficiency, and improve system security.

As a result of these moves, Kansai University has successfully lowered its total ICT costs by 30% while cutting its electricity consumption by 46%. Furthermore, by using the Fujitsu Akashi System Center, which has comprehensive disaster mitigation measures as well as advanced security features, the University has also enhanced its security. In addition, both students and faculty members are now able to access the university's e-mail and file services 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, even when the university is subject to legally mandated rolling blackouts.

In light of Japan's declining birthrate in recent years, many Japanese universities are involved in various initiatives to transform themselves. For Kansai University, as well, expanding services for students, cutting expenses, and optimizing ICT resources had become important issues.

After observing that the actual utilization of servers was far less than initially estimated, Fujitsu employed virtualization technology to reconfigure Kansai University's original array of 21 servers, including those for e-mail and authentication, consolidating them down to just two of its robust PRIMEQUEST 1400S2 Mission Critical IA Servers, which achieve both higher reliability and availability than the previous servers.

The two servers are tied together via the university's SINET4 academic information network. One handles e-mail and file services for both students and faculty members and is located within the Fujitsu Akashi System Center, which has comprehensive disaster mitigation measures as well as advanced security features. The other server is deployed on campus and replaces the servers managing student, faculty, and staff member information as well as conducting resource management.

By adopting the Fujitsu "UnifIDone" integrated ID management system, the authentication systems on both the on-campus server and the one in the Fujitsu Akashi System Center have been synchronized. Now, even if power is down on the on-campus system platform during a power outage, user authentication is still possible through the Akashi System Center. This enables students and faculty members to access e-mail services and browse documents such as teaching materials, reports, and research materials 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In anticipation of increased use in a few years, the file server utilized by both students and faculty members had previously allotted each person with 1GB of storage capacity, but it was never fully used. With the construction of the new system, the Fujitsu "Organic Storage Service II", an on-line file storage service that is able to increase its storage capacity on demand, has been employed in order to enable the system to flexibly alter storage volume to meet changing needs for capacity. Since Organic Storage Service II is a cloud-based file service, the allotted storage space can be used as a personal drive within on-campus computer labs. By employing this service, Kansai University was able to reduce its file servers retained on-campus by 60%.

By employing a virtual environment and by utilizing a Cloud-based online file server service in constructing its new system, Kansai University has successfully reduced its electricity consumption by 46%. This move has enabled the university to cut its annual CO2 emissions volume by 168 tons, which is equivalent to the CO2 absorption of 12,200 cedar trees. Furthermore, with the optimization of ICT resources and the subsequent improvements in ICT operational efficiency resulting from that optimization, the university has reduced its total ICT costs by around 30%.

Moving forward, Kansai University will continue to promote the movement towards Cloud-based services within its ICT environment, with the construction of this new stronger system platform serving as a first step toward that goal. From next fiscal year onward, the university will consider new projects, such as renovating PC classroom environments using DaaS, and is also eyeing improved usage efficiency and stronger integrated authentication through developing a campus-wide Cloud platform. Kansai University will also actively pursue effective and eco-friendly ICT deployment, while maintaining an educational environment that develops the human resources who will make contributions to our society in the future.

Fujitsu, leveraging know-how gained from supporting ICT deployment in many universities, plans to offer a wide range of services dedicated to supporting next generation education.

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 ...