Hitachi Vantara Partners with Ramanujan College to Implement Online Learning Management System on Private Cloud, Training 150,000 Faculty Members and Research Scholars Across India – CXOToday.com | Team Cansler

Hitachi Vantara, the subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501) for modern infrastructure, data management and digital solutions, has developed the dynamic data infrastructure for Ramanujan College (established in 1958 and a constituent college of the University of Delhi), which operates an online learning management system to train 150,000 faculty members and research scholars at universities across India. The college’s new private cloud infrastructure also supports its groundbreaking research and development work, developing compelling cloud reference architectures for government, industry and education.

Previously, much of Ramanujan College’s R&D work was hosted in the public cloud. However, running power-intensive applications for 5G communication, blockchain and a learning management system for over 150,000 participants led to increasing costs. This phenomenon can be seen in organizations across all industries, where organizations are deploying more cloud services, leading to unregulated on-demand consumption and unexpected operational costs that erode promised cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that in India, by 2024, 30% of organizations consuming cloud services will establish a dedicated FinOps function to automate policy-driven observability and optimization of cloud resources to maximize value.

Vipin Rathi, Associate Professor at Ramanujan College, Chair of Hyperledger Telecom SIG and Director of the Open Infrastructure Foundation, explains, “When you need to scale to larger, multi-processor servers in the public cloud, the costs quickly become significant. The private cloud infrastructure opens up enormous potential for innovation. By partnering with Hitachi Vantara to build next-generation cloud platforms on open source software, we can help India lead the world and take control of its own technological future.”

The solution includes a Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G350 array as the foundation of the private cloud with three Hitachi Advanced Server DS7060 compute nodes to run the cloud software stack and test and production environments for various databases and applications. The DS7060 servers also offered a key technical advantage: each node can be scaled up to 16 Intel Xeon Platinum processors – ideal for supporting very demanding workloads such as large applications.

One of the college’s research areas involves software-defined networks to support the Indian government’s push to extend 5G internet access to rural areas. Experiments with the open-source platform Magma Core are already running in Ramanujan College’s private cloud and are providing valuable data for the 5G rollout. By adopting the private cloud approach, Ramanujan College pioneered open cloud solutions for education, digital government and 5G. This infrastructure development also freed up $60,000 per year for the college to allocate to research and development by eliminating monthly public cloud costs.

Hemant Tiwari, Managing Director, India & SAARC, Hitachi Vantara commented: “Education is critical to India’s rapid development and we are pleased with the positive results of our solutions. Now, Ramanujan College has an agile and flexible infrastructure to support its groundbreaking research and development work, building compelling cloud reference architectures for government, industry and education. Their new learning management system provides online courses to more than 150,000 faculty members and research scholars at universities across India.”

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About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., provides the intelligent data platforms, infrastructure systems and digital expertise that power more than 80% of the Fortune 100. To learn how Hitachi Vantara is transforming organizations from data-rich to data-driven through agile digital processes, products and experiences, visit www.hitachivantara.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, focuses on its social innovation business combining information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The Company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen (US$78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi works to increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers in six areas; IT, Energy, Industrial, Mobility, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through Lumada, Hitachi’s advanced digital solutions, services and technologies to turn data into insights to drive digital innovation. For more information about Hitachi, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.

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