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Loughborough University moves into the cloud

Loughborough University has signed a deal with supplier Logicalis to deploy a hybrid cloud. Logicalis ...

Loughborough University has signed a deal with supplier Logicalis to deploy a hybrid cloud.

Logicalis will design and build a bespoke private cloud, which will be integrated with an off-site, shared, hosted cloud.

The university's datacentre was built 40 years ago and was showing its age through a poor PUE (power utilisation efficiency) rating and limited capacity, says Phil Richards, director of IT at Loughborough University.

"While other education establishments are investing millions in new datacentre builds to increase capacity and efficiency, it became clear during the tender process that a cloud model would provide the most strategic option for Loughborough both now, and into the future," he said.

The deal also includes unified communications and collaboration software deployed for 3,000 university staff, and a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implemented across its corporate desktops, with plans to extend the VDI project to the virtual learning environment in the future.

Loughborough's on-site cloud is built on Cisco, NetApp and CA products, and will save the university 640 metric tonnes of CO² per annum, says Logicalis.

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