IBM has announced that The University of Information Technology, or UIT, a member of Vietnam National University, has installed a new smarter computing solution based on IBM PureSystems. In a separate agreement, IBM and UIT disclosed their intent to further work together in the emerging fields of IT education.
UIT will use the system to build a cloud platform which will host university's virtual campus. New training courses, online applications, and other services will be developed and tested in this cloud environment. In addition, IBM PureSystems will support selected scientific projects across the fields of IT systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and network communications.
IBM provided UIT with a solution consisting of IBM PureFlex System, IBM Tivoli Service Delivery Manager and IBM Workload Deployer - a hardware appliance that enables access to IBM middleware virtual images and patterns to easily, quickly and repeatedly create application environments that can be securely deployed and managed in a private cloud. This Smarter Computing IT infrastructure helps UIT provide cloud-based applications to support virtual education services to the students and university staff. The new system will also free up UIT's internal IT resources and enhance student experience.
The deal was closed in October and IBM has already installed the smarter computing infrastructure. According to the collaboration agreement, IBM will support UIT in setting up a cloud computing lab that will enable the university to engage in research activities and collaborate with leading industries in the region. UIT will join IBM's Cloud Academy with other academic institutions in the world to shape the direction and implementation of cloud computing in the education process.
IBM's Cloud Labs worldwide will provide cloud environment and training activities with focus on Platform-as-a-Service layer. UIT's lecturers and staff will be able to constantly refresh their knowledge by attending quarterly technology seminars on cloud computing.
The IBM PureSystems family offers clients an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain. PureFlex System enables organizations to efficiently create and manage an infrastructure. PureApplication System helps organizations reduce the cost and complexity of rapidly deploying and managing applications.
PureData System is tuned for cloud computing and can consolidate more than 100 databases on a single system. In addition to the common web application patterns supported by PureApplication System, the combination of both PureData and PureApplication Systems can be used for end to end transaction workloads.
"IBM PureSystems offers the features and functionality that make it the ideal platform to run next-generation applications and open up new horizons in the education industry," said Nguyen Kim Hoa, country manager of systems and technology group, IBM Vietnam. "UIT's approach of applying advanced technologies helps to solidify its position as a leading provider of high-standards IT training. With this project we hope to make it easier for UIT to continually adapt programs and teaching methods preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers."