Red Hat and YTL to deliver cloud platform for eLearning in schools
Oct 02, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source software solutions, has collaborated with YTL Communications Sdn Bhd to deliver a cloud platform for eLearning in schools.
Red Hat's enterprise open source solutions have enabled YTL Communications to complete the cloud platform project - known as 1BestariNet - six months ahead of schedule and within budget, while achieving lower cost of ownership and reducing project risks.
"Red Hat was selected as a key partner for the 1BestariNet project due to its ability to provide a cost-efficient platform by leveraging open source software. Red Hat's highly scalable, affordable, open source model was the most effective in running a large-scale cloud deployment project like the 1BestariNet," said Wing K. Lee, CEO, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd.
According to Damien Wong, general manager, ASEAN, Red Hat, "Our alliance with YTL Communications has been a very fulfilling experience for both parties. Red Hat's ability to deliver enterprise-ready, reliable open source solutions enabled YTL Communications to achieve greater efficiency in services and cost-savings on their IT infrastructure for this project. We expect more businesses to adopt open source solutions as it is a mainstream technology that not only liberates resources, but at the same time, provides an IT infrastructure that is secure, robust, and agile."
YTL Communications based its search for a cloud solution based on criteria such as reliability, support, performance, and scalability. After evaluating solutions from various vendors, YTL Communications selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Red Hat Satellite Server, which met all of the above requirements. The 1BestariNet VLE system currently runs on 60 Dell and Intel Xeon-based servers with 2,400 cores for virtualization hypervisors to support the distribution of applications to the schools.
Built on a flexible Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization infrastructure, the VLEs can continue to scale and support additional processing or storage capacity as and when needed. "This can be achieved by scaling out horizontally and through adding more physical processing and storage capacity to the virtualization farms," Wing explained.
Adopting a cloud-based approach has enabled YTL Communications to standardize and control its IT infrastructure, as well as roll out new applications, application modules, updates and content to schools in an efficient manner - all which contributes to meeting its deployment and budget requirements.
With Red Hat's open source solutions, VLEs for 10,000 schools were built and deployed within the first six months of the project. The success of this project has spurred YTL Communications to take the VLE one step further. "We are in the midst of rolling out further applications and promoting the use of mobile devices to access the cloud environment," said Wing.
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