Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Peter Galvin, Sanjay Zalavadia, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Fujitsu ICT Boosts Business Continuity for Kyoto University

On-campus cloud enables improved operational efficiency and convenience

Tokyo, Jan 10, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu and Kyoto University today announced that they have worked together to virtualize 128 servers and build an on-campus private cloud system aimed at strengthening business continuity plan (BCP) capabilities for the university's all-purpose server system and optimization of ICT investments. The new system began operations on December 28, 2012. In addition, the university plans to proceed with the construction and operation of a BCP site for the new system using Fujitsu's datacenter in eastern Japan.

As a result of this project, it will be possible to maintain availability of key services on the university's homepage and other servers even during natural disasters or blackouts in the Kansai region. Operated and administered by Kyoto University's Institute for Information Management and Communication and the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, the new cloud environment allows over 400 virtual servers to be operated, thereby enabling the consolidation of general-purpose servers that have until now been independently operated throughout the campus. This will help to streamline server operations and management while delivering increased convenience to faculty and researchers.

In leveraging the new system environment, Kyoto University plans to further optimize its ICT investments and cultivate an even more cutting-edge and supportive environment for nurturing human resources and promoting research and development.

Background to the Deployment

After undergoing partial privatization in 2004, national universities in Japan have had to adjust to a host of new organizational and environmental changes, including a need to communicate research results and educational curriculum to audiences both within and outside of the universities. Moreover, in both academic and research settings, it has become essential to be able to transmit a wide range of large-capacity content across networks.

With these trends gaining traction, Kyoto University established the Institute for Information Management and Communication in 2005 in order to facilitate the planning, development, management and operation of the university-wide IT infrastructure, provide a variety of user services related to the IT infrastructure, develop and provide an advanced and secure information environment, and develop personnel capable of advanced use of information and information technologies. The Institute is comprised of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, which is engaged in activities related to research, development and educational support, and which has explored ways to ensure the stability of its information communications and seamless content transmissions.

During this process, the university looked to augment the number of servers and the processing / storage capacity of the all-purpose server system employed for websites and repositories of academic information, as well as for the sharing of content between laboratories. The aim was to build an ICT environment that is equipped to handle natural disasters and power shortages. In developing an ICT environment, the university also faced the important challenges of optimizing its ICT investments and streamlining administrative workloads.

Features and Results of the New System

1. Server virtualization and consolidation

The private cloud environment consists of a total of 128 Fujitsu PRIMERGY CX400 S1 and PRIMERGY CX250 S1 multi-node servers, which feature exceptional energy efficiency and a compact footprint, making it possible to run over 400 virtual servers. Using the new private cloud environment, Kyoto University plans to virtually consolidate servers across the campus as part of an effort to further increase the efficiency of campus-wide server management and reduce power consumption.

2. Ensures operational continuity of critical servers

By sharing duplicate versions of essential data from some of the virtual servers between Kyoto University and a BCP site, it is possible to switch operations to a backup server hosted at Fujitsu's datacenter during emergencies. This, in turn, will enable continued operations of critical servers that provide various services on the university's homepage, even during natural disasters or blackouts on campus.

3. Campus-wide faculty e-mail system now available 24/7

Previously, access to the faculty e-mail system was impacted by the working hours of IT administrators and statutory inspections. By building the e-mail system using Fujitsu's datacenter and outsourcing its operations, it will now be available to faculty 24/7.

4. Automatically backs up critical data

Fujitsu ETERNUS NR1000F series storage systems have been installed in both the on-campus private cloud environment and the BCP site. Using the storage system's SnapMirror functionality, new data is periodically transferred between the on-campus system and the BCP site, allowing critical data to be automatically and remotely backed up.

5. Employs Fujitsu datacenter

The system uses a Fujitsu datacenter that is located in an area of eastern Japan where the risk of damage from natural disasters is low. The datacenter is equipped with the latest disaster mitigation measures to deliver safety, reliability, and efficiency, as well as 24/7 system operations. This has resulted in superior reliability, security, and availability for the campus-wide faculty email system and BCP site, while also optimizing ICT resources.

6. Uses the SINET4 academic information network

The system uses the SINET4 Science Information Network* for communications between Kyoto University and the Fujitsu datacenter, resulting in a network that is more reliable and easier to use, while making effective use of ICT resources.

* SINET4 Science Information Network:
An information and communication network connecting universities and research institutions throughout Japan constructed and operated by the National Institute of Informatics.

About Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.



Source: Fujitsu Limited

Contact:
Fujitsu Limited
Public and Investor Relations
www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/
+81-3-3215-5259


Copyright 2013 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.japancorp.net

More Stories By JCN Newswire

Copyright 2008 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of JCN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JCN Newswire. JCN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@CloudExpo Stories
There are several IoTs: the Industrial Internet, Consumer Wearables, Wearables and Healthcare, Supply Chains, and the movement toward Smart Grids, Cities, Regions, and Nations. There are competing communications standards every step of the way, a bewildering array of sensors and devices, and an entire world of competing data analytics platforms. To some this appears to be chaos. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate a...
The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, discussed how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He also discussed how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors ...
Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business, which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations u...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
"A lot of times people will come to us and have a very diverse set of requirements or very customized need and we'll help them to implement it in a fashion that you can't just buy off of the shelf," explained Nick Rose, CTO of Enzu, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services, discussed...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
"SpeedyCloud's specialty lies in providing cloud services - we provide IaaS for Internet and enterprises companies," explained Hao Yu, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes ho...