January 12, 2012
The Education Cloud will provide flexible and cost-effective cloud solutions to UK Higher Education institutions
Jan. 10 — Eduserv has launched the Education Cloud – a suite of cloud services that will help universities and researchers combat the peaks and troughs in compute and storage requirements, meet the flexible demands of researchers and provide off-site disaster recovery facilities.
Eduserv's Education Cloud features compute and storage offerings under both VMware vCloud and OpenStack, and supports virtual machines running Windows and Linux.
The Education Cloud is based in our Swindon Data Centre and will offer universities and colleges access to a cost effective cloud platform to store and access data on demand. The cloud platform will also help institutions to flex systems so that they can increase or decrease capacity throughout the year, for example during admissions or when closed over holiday periods. The Education Cloud offers flexible payment methods and competitive pricing.
Andy Powell, Eduserv Research Programme Director, comments: "Funding from the University Modernisation Fund enabled us to develop cloud infrastructure to host a number of SaaS pilot projects. We have used what we learnt during the pilot to develop a cloud offering that we believe will meet the specific needs of Higher Education Institutions professionals and students. It has direct connectivity to the JANET backbone, which is dedicated to education and research, and all data will remain in the UK at all times."
"The Education Cloud has two pricing models: Pay-as-you-go and Virtual Datacentre. This will allow individuals and institutions to choose a flexible solution which can be controlled effectively throughout the academic year."
Find out more about the Education Cloud, including an introductory free tier for universities.
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