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IBM VCL Solutions for Cloud

The challenge

Challenges for educational institutions

As an educational institution, you face constant demands for continuous, fast and security-rich access to computing resources. However, setting up and maintaining your own IT environment for this purpose can involve several challenges—high capital and operational costs, lack of scalability and the pressure to improve service quality despite budget constraints. Cloud computing can help address these challenges and provide your end users with cost-effective access to the resources they need.


The solution

IBM provides cloud computing solutions for enhanced benefits

IBM VCL Solutions for Cloud, part of the IBM SmartCloud for Education family of offerings, can help you plan, design and implement a campus cloud based on the award-winning Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) open-source software platform. IBM’s solutions for VCL is designed to provide security-rich, cost-effective and location-independent access to computing, educational and software resources. We can help you significantly reduce overall costs, leverage public cloud services, enhance user satisfaction and improve levels of service quality. Our solutions enable this award-winning, open source-based education cloud environment with hardware, software and ongoing support backed by highly skilled and experienced VCL experts.


The benefits

IBM VCL Solutions for Cloud is designed to help:

  • Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve efficiencies with enhanced service quality
  • Enable near-universal access to learning and research compute resources with a more flexible, scalable cloud solution
  • Provide expertise to help migrate your computer labs to a campus-based private cloud with public cloud services


The specifics

Providing tailored solutions to meet your business objectives

Our offering features:

  • Support for Linux and Microsoft Windows environments, virtually any application software and custom environments
  • Automated provisioning, image creation, access control and the ability to create block reservations for usage by students during specific timeslots
  • Technical and end-user training and ongoing support from IBM VCL experts

IBM's solutions for VCL include:

  • Ready-to-go VCL-based private cloud with the IBM BladeCenter® Foundation for Cloud
  • IBM Tivoli® Provisioning Manager to help manage images and provisioning with VCL
  • IBM Global Business Services (GBS) VCL Quickstart Services to help plan, implement and support a migration to a VCL-based cloud
  • Seamless availability to IBM SmartCloud services and resources for VCL private cloud users



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