Ho Chi Minh City University of Information Technology Selects IBM PureSystems

Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:08pm EST

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Leverages cloud technologies from IBM for long term growth
HANOI, Vietnam,  Jan. 17, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:  IBM) today announced
that The University of Information Technology (UIT), a member of Vietnam 
National University, has installed a new Smarter Computing solution based on IBM
PureSystems. In a separate agreement also being signed today, IBM and UIT
disclosed their intent to further work together in the emerging fields of IT
education in  Vietnam.

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UIT will use the system to build a cloud platform which will host university's
virtual campus. New training courses, online applications, and other services
will be developed and tested in this cloud environment. In addition, IBM
PureSystems will support selected scientific projects across the fields of IT
systems, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and
network communications.  

"To stay ahead of curve, it is critical for students and lecturers to have
constant access to the university's training resources. We want to develop a
'virtual campus' that can be tailored to the needs of our expanding academic
community," said  Duong Anh Duc, Rector of UIT. "We have been looking for an IT
infrastructure that can fundamentally change the experience and economics in the
way we manage our IT. IBM's PureSystems technology is deeply integrated and
tuned, capturing top notch expertise from thousands of data deployments,
providing us with easy access to diverse workloads."

Established in 2006, UIT, a member of Vietnam  National University, is one of
the leading universities in  Vietnam. It aims at equipping students and IT
professionals with new technology skills to prepare them for the jobs of the
future. It is particularly focused on scientific research curricula and advanced
information and communications technologies that can be applied to elevate the
role  Vietnam  plays in the ASEAN region.

IBM provided UIT with a solution consisting of IBM PureFlex System, IBM Tivoli
Service Delivery Manager and IBM Workload Deployer - a hardware appliance that
enables access to IBM middleware virtual images and patterns to easily, quickly
and repeatedly create application environments that can be securely deployed and
managed in a private cloud. This Smarter Computing IT infrastructure helps UIT
provide cloud-based applications to support virtual education services to the
students and university staff. The new system will also free up UIT's internal
IT resources and enhance student experience.

"IBM PureSystems offers the features and functionality that make it the ideal
platform to run next-generation applications and open up new horizons in the
education industry," said  Nguyen Kim Hoa, Country Manager of Systems and
Technology Group, IBM Vietnam. "UIT's approach of applying advanced technologies
helps to solidify its position as a leading provider of high-standards IT
training. With this project we hope to make it easier for UIT to continually
adapt programs and teaching methods preparing today's students for tomorrow's

The deal was closed in October, and IBM has already installed the smarter
computing infrastructure.

According to the collaboration agreement signed today, IBM will support UIT in
setting up a Cloud Computing Lab that will enable the university to engage in
research activities and collaborate with leading industries in the region. UIT
will join IBM's Cloud Academy with other leading academic institutions in the
world to shape the direction and implementation of Cloud Computing in the
education process. IBM's Cloud Labs worldwide will provide cloud environment and
training activities with focus on Platform-as-a-Service layer. UIT's lecturers
and staff will be able to constantly refresh their knowledge by attending
quarterly technology seminars on cloud computing.

The IBM PureSystems family offers clients an alternative to current enterprise
computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant
resources to set up and maintain. PureFlex System enables organizations to more
efficiently create and manage an infrastructure. PureApplication System helps
organizations reduce the cost and complexity of rapidly deploying and managing
applications. PureData System is tuned for cloud computing and can consolidate
more than 100 databases on a single system. In addition to the common web
application patterns supported by PureApplication System, the combination of
both PureData and PureApplication Systems can be used for end to end transaction

For IBM Business Partners, PureSystems creates a new opportunity to help clients
solve the complexity of enterprise IT, reduce costs and encourage innovation.
From resellers to distributors and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), more
than 700 Business Partners are supporting IBM PureSystems. PureSystems currently
run tens of thousands of existing ISV applications across four operating
environments including Windows, Linux, AIX, and IBM i operating system.
Additionally, Business Partners have created more than 200 new solutions and
applications that are optimized to run on PureSystems. These patterns of
expertise, which span 20 industries, can be accessed through the IBM PureSystems
Centre. They include leading solutions from some of the world's largest ISVs,
including ERP systems and applications for the banking, marketing, healthcare
and energy industries.

To help address the new opportunity that PureSystems presents, IBM is also
providing training, marketing, certifications and technical validation support
to business partners. For instance, dozens of IBM Innovation Centers in cities
such as  Bangalore,  Dublin,  Johannesburg  and  Shanghai  are helping Business
Partners develop and test their applications using IBM PureSystems. Business
Partners can also bring their clients to IBM Innovation Centers to see
PureSystems technology at work.   

For more information on IBM PureSystems visit:  www.ibm.com/press/pure   

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IBM Global Communications  
IBM Systems and Technology Group  
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Nguyen Phuong Linh
IBM Vietnam Media Relations  
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IBM Media Relations    

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