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Over 6 million library volumes, HPE Helion OpenStack is building up the digital bookcase.


Zhejiang University.pngZhejiang University is one of the oldest, most prestigious academic institutions in China. Its academic library supports a growing collection of more than 6 million volumes and digital resources. Zhejiang University’s vision: to establish itself as a world-class university by building a digital library with comprehensive services that cooperate with academic institutions and public libraries across the globe. But operating on a traditional IT infrastructure could not support this vision. Zhejiang University implemented HPE Helion OpenStack creating a hybrid cloud infrastructure that will grow as its library grows.

Digitalizing a legacy medium

Based in Hangzhou, China, Zhejiang University has five campuses and offers classes in cooperation with local schools in several additional cities throughout the country. The institution leads the China Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL), a digital library project that helps create the framework of the country’s academic library repository.

 The first HPE Helion OpenStack customer in China, Zhejiang University implemented the software solution as the foundation technology for CADAL. The solution has enabled the university to make use of OpenStack’s open source technology to start building a custom software package for other development teams to deploy HPE Helion OpenStack with the CADAL application.

Xu Jian-gang.jpg“We aim to build a world-class university in the future,” said Xu Jian-gang, Digital Library Supervisor, Zhejiang University. “To do that, the Zhejiang University Library must be built into be a world-class library. We hope building a strategic partnership with HPE will drive innovation in digital library technology.”



 A new scalable cloud infrastructure

Prior to implementing HPE Helion OpenStack Cloud, Zhejiang University operated on a traditional IT infrastructure. The institution needed a new storage model that could handle the increase in digitalized academic resources while maintaining reliable performance and keeping costs down.


“Zhejiang University adopts higher and higher standards for library services,” Jian-gang said. “The labor cost required for maintaining such a large system became a heavy burden for us as data continued to grow in scale. We were eagerly seeking an enterprise-grade solution like HPE Helion.”


HPE Helion OpenStack provides the university with the ability to utilize scalable cloud object storage through OpenStack Swift. Since OpenStack’s environment requires strong technical skills only few of Zhejiang University’s IT professionals were equipped with, HPE Helion OpenStack ensured easier adoption. Adding on HPE Cloud Service Automation (CSA) software, Zhejiang University’s IT is brokering and managing its hybrid cloud environment.


Zhejiang University integrated HPE Helion OpenStack into its infrastructure in 30 days with the help of HPE Helion Professional Services.


The next chapter

HPE Helion OpenStack serves as the storage of resource management for Zhejiang University. Resources are monitored through a unified front end making it possible for the university to work on developing an academic social networking service for the future. With its hybrid infrastructure in place, Zhejiang University envisions establishing campuses internationally, cooperating with international universities, and providing real-time library resources to users on all its campuses.

“The system has been running stably since it’s been implemented,” Jian-gang said. “In IT operations there is a saying: A good operation is one that you are never aware of; this system is proof.”

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