Software-Defined Infrastructure Core to Digital Campus Programme & Business Transformation Strategy
Slough, UK, 30 November 2015 – The University of Wolverhampton has awarded a £1.3m contract to Logicalis UK, the international IT solutions and managed services provider, for the design and build of a software-defined compute, storage and virtualisation infrastructure to underpin the Digital Platforms Project, part of the University’s Digital Campus Transformation Programme. The platform – architected using Hewlett Packard Enterprise and VMware technologies – is a foundation project of the University’s digital transformation of services, resources and information to students and staff. The IT platform will also contribute significantly to the success of the University’s five-year £250m investment strategy.
“Logicalis is creating a highly automated and agile digital platform that will allow the University to adapt to market forces, and enable business transformation. This means scaling and delivering new services on-demand whilst remaining attractive to businesses seeking research partners, and students seeking the best quality of higher education,” says Dean Harris, Assistant Director ICT Infrastructure, adding, “the foundation has to be right, so that everything else aligns perfectly.”
Harris explains, “Members of our University community are voracious consumers of digital content, and consequently we have to evolve our culture and processes to remain competitive. Creating more opportunities to learn via interesting, relevant tools can help broaden and challenge the learning of students, and this is where we, the Directorate of Academic Support, can have the greatest impact on our students’ future.
“Logicalis’ platform gives us the opportunity to behave like an internal service provider, to build a portfolio of services tailored to the diverse needs of the University community, quickly and without adding operational complexity on the IT team. Being able to offer service choice but still maintain control is exciting. It’s a chance for IT to make a difference, to enable the University’s vision.”
Logicalis’ platform architecture approach, known as ‘IT by Wire’, provides a five-layer Software Defined stack that, for the University of Wolverhampton, blends infrastructure (HPE Hyper Convergence), virtualisation (VMware), automation (HPE OneView, HPE Helion), cloud integration and instrumentation (HPE Virtual Performance Viewer). The software-defined architecture helps organisations to automate the provisioning, control, management, and cost of IT services at speed, shifting department focus from operational fix to policy-driven decision-making in line with an internal service provider model.
Chris Gabriel, CTO at Logicalis UK, adds; “IT by Wire is designed to enable IT to deliver new services at the speed of business. For the University of Wolverhampton, this means shape shifting to meet the evolving needs and expectations of digitally immersed students, as well as supporting the University’s planned investment and adapting to whatever new opportunity or challenge is around the corner.”
For more information on IT by Wire http://www.uk.logicalis.com/microsites/it-by-wire/home/
About University of Wolverhampton
- Based at campuses in Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford and education centres in Stafford, Burton and Birmingham City Centre, the University has over 21,000 students and 2,400 staff. In addition, the University of Wolverhampton Science Park is home to tenant businesses and supports the development of innovative companies.
- The University welcomes students from around the world and has regional offices in China, Malaysia, India, Oman, Nigeria and Cyprus. It has a branch campus in Mauritius and courses are also delivered with global partners in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, France and Cyprus.
- It is investing £250 million over the next five years as part of the Our Vision, Your Opportunity programme. The ambitious plans to invest in education, training and economic growth include the £25 million Rosalind Franklin Science Building, the new £18 million Lord Swraj Paul business school building and the £65 million Springfield Campus, creating an international hub for construction excellence.
- The institution’s excellent teaching and learning provision, which spans sciences, creative and performing arts, education, business and management, health and wellbeing, engineering and technology, law and social sciences, ensures 95% of graduates find employment.
- Of the 13 subject areas entered in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, all had elements graded at the highest level as being world class. The University also entered more staff and more subject areas for assessment than previously.
- In 2015 the University of Wolverhampton was awarded the highest possible accolade in the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) higher education review. The report highlighted areas of good practice such as initiatives to raise aspirations and achievement for students and the University’s commitment to enhancing their employment prospects.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, NetApp, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialised solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1.5 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with revenues of over $6 billion.
For more information, visit http://www.logicalis.com/
Jacob Petterson / Greg Halse / Chris Giddings