University College Cork builds cloud incubator for SMBs with Dell and VMware

28 Jun 2012

John Morrison, of University College Cork's Centre for Unified Computing (left), and Dermot O'Connell, general manager of Dell Ireland

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may find an easier route to cloud computing via a new cloud incubator designed to avoid large upfront costs and complexities that can come with migrating to hosted platforms. The UCC Cloud Incubator, the result of a partnership between University College Cork (UCC), Dell and VMware, will be powered by Dell and VMware, and managed by Dell Services.

“Difficulties faced by the SMB sector in Ireland around cloud computing include access to appropriate software and resources, as well as tangible advice around the subject matter,” said John Morrison, of UCC’s Centre for Unified Computing.

“Our investment in cloud infrastructure tackles these issues and arms SMBs within Ireland with the information and infrastructure needed to explore the real potential of cloud computing and realise benefits quickly.”

Dermot O’Connell, general manager of Dell Ireland, added that through the development of the UCC Cloud Incubator, the university is playing a leading role in helping SMBs in Ireland benefit from reduced capital and operational expenditure afforded by cloud-based infrastructure.

The cloud technology Dell provides consists of a server infrastructure made up of PowerEdge C-series solutions supporting more than 800 processor cores.

Dell’s ProConsult services team working out of the Dublin headquarters at Cherrywood will help potential customers explore and understand how The UCC Cloud Incubator could benefit their businesses.