“To stay ahead of curve, it is critical for students and lecturers to have constant access to the university’s training resources. We want to develop a ‘virtual campus’ that can be tailored to the needs of our expanding academic community”, said Dr Duong Anh Duc, Rector of the UIT.

A collaboration agreement was signed on January 17 by the UIT and its partner—IBM. The latter will support the 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, according to the rector.

The installation of the new smarter computing infrastructure was done in October 2012. It is based on IBM Pure Systems in which the UIT will use the system to build a cloud platform, and provide cloud-based applications to support virtual education services to the students and university staff.

The new platform will host the UIT’s virtual campus on which the new training courses, online applications, and other services will be developed and tested in this cloud environment.

The UIT will join IBM’s Cloud Academy with other leading 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. The UIT’s lecturers and staff will be able to constantly refresh their knowledge by attending quarterly technology seminars on cloud computing.

Established in 2006, the UIT is a member of Vietnam National University and one of the leading universities in the country. It is particularly focused on scientific research curricula and advanced information and communications technologies.

The UIT has used the solution provided by IBM which includes IBM PureFlex System, IBM Tivoli Service Deliver Manager, and IBM Workload Deployer—a hardware appliance that enables access to IBM middleware virtual images and patters to easily, quickly and repeatedly create application environments that can be securely deployed and managed in a private cloud.

Also, the new system will free up the UIT’s internal IT resources and enhance student experience.

In addition, IBM PureSystems will support selected scientific projects across the fields of IT systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and network communications.

In a separate agreement was also being signed by IBM and the UIT to further work together in the emerging fields of IT education.

By Thanya Kunakornpaiboonsiri - Asia Pacific FutureGov - January 21, 2013