Aston University started working with virtualization in 2004, when it kicked off its server consolidation initiative with an initial set of ten finance applications. Growing organically, this initial small environment became the start of a full-fledged private cloud initiative that was ultimately branded as the ISA Cloud Computing Service; (for more info: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/ict/staffguide/cloud/).
As their private cloud environment grew, the IT server team started to experience problems with capacity, and with their manual chargeback system, that they decided they need to resolve in order to continue their expansion. Read...

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