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Macao Polytechnic Institute deploys HP BladeSystem Matrix

Anuradha Shukla | May 16, 2011
Implementation improves the efficiency of its academic services.

Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) is using the HP BladeSystem Matrix to improve the efficiency of its academic services.

Committed to providing student-centred education and training, the Macao Polytechnic Institute is using the HP BladeSystem Matrix for private cloud infrastructure that delivers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS).

HP notes that its BladeSystem Matrix can significantly simplify complex infrastructure tasks such as capacity planning and disaster recovery. The solution ensures quick provisioning- in minutes rather than months- and enables future expansion of cloud services.

Following the deployment of the solution, students and staff at MPI are able to easily request the required virtual infrastructure themselves via a self-service portal.

The solution has also cut down the IT staff's workload by automating or simplifying their routine work.

Cloud technology roadmap

This deployment is of great significance because about 3,000 students and staff of the institute depend on IT resources to support their academic work. Before the institute implemented HP's solution, its Computer Service Centre was over-burdened due to which students had to wait up to a few days to receive responses or services from it.

Even routine tasks such as server and software deployment took a bulk of the IT team's time and this meant they were unable to focus on other valuable projects.

MPI wanted to provide high quality education to the Macao community, and thus turned to HP for developing a clear and concrete cloud technology roadmap through the HP Cloud Discovery Workshop.

HP experts share information, experience and best practices through this workshop in order to help clients address the cloud needs of their organisation in the best manner. This workshop also allows designing of a flexible technology environment.

"During heavy homework periods, high resource demands meant students had to wait a long time for the required IT resources to complete their projects," said José Chan Fai Man, head, Computer Service Centre, MPI. "The new private cloud we have adopted with HP BladeSystem Matrix will allow students and academic staff to easily request resources on a single, simple Web-based self-service portal and dramatically improve our ability to deliver those needed resources instantly."

"Leading education institutions such as MPI need new ways to meet students' ever increasing demands on our IT resources," said Kelvin Yeung, general manager, enterprise servers, storage and networking, HP Hong Kong. "With our deep understanding of the unique challenges and needs of the academic community, HP has been able to help MPI cost-effectively deploy a cloud platform that will better meet student and staff needs today and into the future."


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