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Multi-Cloud solutions for the Entertainment Arts Faculty

Client

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Industry

Educational Services

Technologies

Cloud: AWS | Microsoft Azure | Google

Desktop Delivery Solutions: Teradici | Remote Desktop Service | Citrix

Infrastructure as a Code and Launchpad: Terraform | Ansible

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 140 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU.

Project

Providing Kwantlen Polytechnic University at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). This Digital transformation project included cloud adoption and full cost optimization to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve the student and faculty experience.

Project duration:
Project duration:

The project duration was three months.

Deliverables:
Deliverables:
  • Current State Analysis

    • User experience

    • Scalability / redundancy

    • Cost analysis

  • Solution Design

  • Proof of Concept

  • Production Deployment

The Challenge

The Entertainment Arts faculty found themselves struggling with the expense of running their graphic and 3D systems for their students, their coursework and their internal processes. The cost of running a GPU VDI environment (Graphical Processing Unit, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) in an on premises environment (Hosted Solution) was proving to be expensive. Even if they went on a single cloud platform, their costs were still too high to meet acceptance criteria.

Our Solution

SEYA Group created a unique solution design that includes high graphic intensive compute systems, hosted in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform and accessed using a virtual desktop infrastructure.

As a fail safe, SEYA Group implemented a second cloud platform, Microsoft Azure, to keep users up and running in milliseconds of transition if the AWS environment has delays in allocating the compute power needed, for whatever reason.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's SEYA Group Solution

Value Delivered

This design allows KPU to reduce the per user costs by up to 65%, and by at least 10% if redundancy is utilized.

In addition, the solution, with its inherent automation tools (Terraform and Ansible), has reduced the management overhead costs, and provided:

The flexibility benefits of having a virtualized environment

The flexibility benefits of having a virtualized environment

Simplified TCO

Simplified TCO

Enhanced security and optimized performance

Enhanced security and optimized performance

Work from anywhere capability, preferred by the students and faculty

Work from anywhere capability, preferred by the students and faculty

Increased student retention

Increased student retention

The Result

The digital transformation project achieved its goals:

  1. KPU now can host the GPU enabled VDI in AWS
  2. The TCO has been reduced to acceptable levels
  3. User experience has improved
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