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April 22, 2009

Kogakuin University signs eight-year agreement with IBM

To transform its back-office infrastructure through cloud computing services

By CBR Staff Writer

Kogakuin University in Tokyo has signed an eight-year agreement to transform its back-office infrastructure through cloud computing services or shared hosting from IBM Global Technology Services.

IBM said that Kogakuin University will leverage cloud computing to create an infrastructure that acts more like the internet, able to access pools of technology resources during periods of high volume.

IBM also said that the new system will utilize its Shared Hosting Services for IBM System z mainframes or ‘zSHS’ and will be hosted out of IBM’s data center in Makuhari, Chiba, Japan. The zSHS model will provide IT assets and resources according to system demands and needs, and will support the university’s accounting, administration and academic data management operations for critical tasks.

The shared, virtual infrastructure on System z gives the university enterprise-class qualities of service, at an optimal cost. IBM will also manage the universities data from its data center in Makuhari, which has a sophisticated seismic isolated structure and fully redundant electrical system for increased resiliency and security.

Earlier in February, IBM and the Ontario Centres of Excellence has launched a pilot project to give university students, professors, and other researchers anytime, anywhere access to some of IBM’s business software via cloud computing.

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