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New ITS Cloud Service - OpenStack Resource Pool Service

University-wide ITS Cloud Deployment is a new IT development initiated under the SMARTER@HKU programme.  This ITS Cloud service offering includes the following services:

  1. Virtual Machine (VM) subscription
  2. Central File Storage (f1.hku.hk)
  3. OpenStack Resource Pool service
  4. OS administration service
  5. Rack space rental service

These services are provided with an aim to consolidate all IT infrastructure resources within the University for moving towards a virtual data centre to improve IT manageability, availability and security. 

OpenStack Resource Pool service that will be available in January 2019 is a new service to supplement the current VM subscription arranged through ITS.  The OpenStack platform is an open source suite of services providing an autonomous self-service portal for computing resources management.  Subscribing departments will operate a type of virtual data centre with the computing resources subscribed e.g. vCPU, memory, usable storage capacity and network addresses.  In addition, OpenStack Resource Pool provides various built-in technology capabilities, including load balancer (http), firewall security policy, API (application program interface) and template image support, facilitating easy resource management.

A basic package (with resources similar to a medium size VM) will be provided free of charge for 3 months to those departments who are interested in gaining initial experience in the OpenStack platform.  Details of the subscription scheme will be announced in January 2019. 

Two training sessions on University-wide ITS Cloud Deployment will be arranged in January 2019. Colleagues interested in using the OpenStack Resource Pool and other new ITS Cloud services can register to attend either one of the training sessions via the following links:

Date Time Venue Registration Link

 8 Jan 2019

9:30 pm -12:30 pm

KB-110

Course Description and Registration

 29 Jan 2019

9:30 pm -12:30 pm

KB-110

Course Description and Registration

 

Ronald Leung
Network Operations Team
Tel: 3917 8593
Email: ronald.leung@hku.hk