Title: Automated creation of a custom VCL cloud infrastructure
Authors: Larry Burton; Karen Burton; Ann Porter; Gerald Whitaker; Hudson DeFoe
Information Technology Department, Greensboro College, Greensboro, 27401-1875 NC, USA
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of NC at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, USA
Business Engineering and Technical Studies, Davidson County CC, Lexington, NC, USA
Base Realignment Support, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Dean Engineering School, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Abstract: This paper describes an inter-institutional, collaborative project to automate the entire process of creating a robust enterprise network with an integrated VCL cloud. The audience is individuals seeking to establish a VCL site in environments having little or no enterprise IT infrastructure. The starting point is one or more computers with no software installed. Connection to the internet is not required. A modular approach allows the option to not create some infrastructure elements. The solution is completely open source. A secondary benefit and use of the process is the establishment of a virtualisation platform for IT infrastructure, with the attendant advantage of capital and operating cost savings.
Keywords: Virtual Computing Lab; VCL; automated installation; virtualisation; enterprise IT infrastructure; open source; cloud computing; teaching; collaboration; enterprise networks; modular approach.
Int. J. of Cloud Computing, 2016 Vol.5, No.1/2, pp.134 - 143
Date of acceptance: 25 Jun 2015
Available online: 02 Mar 2016