The University of Reading Builds On-Premise ‘Reading Research Cloud’ Using Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

Leading UK University Consolidates Platforms and Significantly Lowers
TCO with Nutanix AHV Hypervisor and Self Service Portal

a leader in enterprise cloud computing, has announced that The
University of Reading is in the final stages of migrating academic
support workloads from a mixed collection of legacy platforms to an
all-new ‘Reading Research Cloud’ built on a single cluster of Dell EMC
XC Series appliances running the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, and
using Nutanix AHV Hypervisor and Nutanix Self Service Portal.

“With IT staff spending the majority of their time maintaining and
supporting a mix of five different compute and ten storage platforms, we
really needed to consolidate and simplify our infrastructure,” explained
Ryan Kennedy, Academic Computing Team Manager at The University of
Reading. “One option was to move everything into the cloud, but that
would have been prohibitively expensive, so we opted for Dell EMC XC
Series appliances running the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. This
has enabled us to deliver the equivalent of a public cloud service –
like AWS – right in our own data centre.”

A number of hyperconverged platforms were considered for the project,
with the Nutanix platform selected for both its linear scalability and
comprehensive virtualisation capabilities, all with integrated
management through a single interface. The ability to automate
management processes and make compute, storage and network resources
available directly to users via the Nutanix Self Service Portal (SSP)
was also key to the decision, as Kennedy explained.

“Once academics have secured funding for a project, we simply allocate
resources on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, leaving users free
to configure and manage their virtual machines, storage and network
connections as they wish using the Nutanix Self Service Portal. This
frees up staff to support academic users with the design, running and
support of those workloads, rather than spending all their time keeping
the infrastructure lights on.”

As part of the migration, Kennedy and his team have also switched from
using VMware to the integrated AHV hypervisor, included at no extra
charge as part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform. This further
simplifies virtualisation deployment with the Nutanix AHV Hypervisor and
virtual machine resources all managed from a single Nutanix Prism
unified management plane while significantly reducing total cost of
ownership (TCO) by eliminating the need for any VMware software
licensing, maintenance and support.

Existing workloads, typically, running meteorological modelling, brain
analysis and other demanding academic applications have already been
migrated to the new infrastructure with the self-service ‘Reading
Research Cloud’ portal due to go live shortly. The University is also
saving by consolidating infrastructure previously located across
multiple sites into one data centre, with the Dell EMC XC Series
appliances located in a single rack while employing the integrated Cloud
Connect capability to take snapshots to Microsoft Azure for backup and
disaster recovery.

“One of the core capabilities developers and business users love in the
public cloud is the ability to provision virtual machines and
applications without the intervention of IT,” commented Andrew Brinded,
General Manager Western Europe & Sub-Saharan Africa, Nutanix. “As The
University of Reading has discovered, the Nutanix Self Service Portal is
designed to bring this DIY simplicity to enterprise clouds, enabling
users to specify, provision and run applications on demand, just as with
services like the public cloud, but from a highly scalable and secure
on-premise data centre. We look forward to continuing our work with The
University of Reading, to drive further benefits and maximise their
investment using our market-leading cloud infrastructure technology.”

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