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Novell helps supercomputing leader to cut operating cost and maximize resource utilization
PlateSpin workload management product provides data center automation
Auckland 27 November 2008 – Novell Novell today announced that the New Zealand Supercomputing Centre (NZSC) has chosen one of its PlateSpin®
workload management products to automate the management of its on-demand computing infrastructure. Together with partner
InterGrid, the NZSC hosts high-intensity computing projects for oil companies, bio-pharmaceutical enterprises, movie
production houses and universities.
The NZSC owns one of the world's largest commercially available supercomputing clusters. It started as a distributed
computing system in partnership with visual effects expert Weta Digital*, the computer-graphics company behind the Lord
of the Rings* trilogy. Over time it grew into a full-scale supercomputing facility owned by Telecom New Zealand and
operated by ICT subsidiary Gen-i.
Located in Wellington, the NZSC delivers computing services to industry sectors with intense data storage and processing
requirements. Workloads include; life science and biological research, digital content development, seismic processing
and financial modelling. The facility is made up of 1,008 Intel 2.8 Gigahertz Xeon processors on more than 500 IBM dual
“With the increase in size and complexity of the facility, the NZSC needed to build new infrastructure management tools.
PlateSpin Orchestrate was chosen for its capabilities in automating the management of virtualized data center
resources,” said Steve Osborn, service line manager for Open Source solutions at Gen-i. “Novell made a unique product
available to us and have worked tirelessly to apply it to our situation. They never said, ‘No, that’s too hard' or 'we
can’t do that’ and that’s quite special when choosing a partner for a project this complex.”
Novell worked with the NZSC team on the deployment of PlateSpin Orchestrate in the supercluster.
Jo De Baer, Novell product manager, explained, “Our product helps the NZSC to transform a static, manually operated data
center into a highly flexible and automated environment, where resources are dynamically allocated based on what is
needed by any given business at any given time. The implementation uses the core strength of our product: the capability
to automatically, rapidly and securely create and scale heterogeneous virtual environments.”
“The high degree of automation makes manual interventions practically unnecessary. Not only does this reduce operating
costs, it also mitigates risks, as human error is one of the most common causes of business outages. To be involved in
such a ground-breaking project was quite exciting for Novell. It shows how the strength and flexibility of our offerings
help customers to tackle complex data center automation problems at a large scale,” said De Baer.
Osborn added, “This project is very much on the leading edge as far as 'cloud' or 'grid' solutions are concerned. People
are amazed at what we’re doing with our partners to make this offering a reality. This is the kind of concept that Kiwis
have come to be known for internationally. Novell kept up and offered us a high quality solution - one that could evolve
with our vision and targets for on-demand services. We can now be sure that with this integrated management solution our
offering can be easily scaled to extend to other markets in Asia-Pacific and around the world.”
Novell is positioned within the top tier of global software companies in New Zealand and worldwide, and has a large
footprint of infrastructure technology in market sectors of government, healthcare and education.
For more on how customers around the globe are leveraging Novell® and PlateSpin solutions, visit www.novell.com/success
. For more information about the NZSC and InterGrid, visit www.nzsc.co.nz
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