Menu
​AgResearch consolidates data centres, eyes Azure storage

​AgResearch consolidates data centres, eyes Azure storage

Pastoral research powerhouse plans to reduce risk and boost capability, collaboration and security.

AgResearch is outsourcing and consolidating its South Island data centre services and eyeing increased use of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

The agricultural researcher has already implemented a similar project in the North Island at Datacom’s Tier 3-plus Kapua data centre in Hamilton, and is now seeking to match that with a mirror facility in the South.

The overall project will remove data centre hardware and services “where possible” from AgResearch’s Ruakura site in Hamilton, Invermay in Otago, Lincoln in Canterbury and Grasslands in Palmerston North.

“Included in the high level scope of the work is to replace aging hardware, increase business continuity redundancy [and] mitigate network and location specific risks,” a tender document stated.

“It is anticipated that the underlying solution will look to move to a pair of Active-Active data centres and also make more use of the MS Azure Cloud based storage options.”

Requirements include industry accredited security, consistency with the principles of a Tier 3 data centre, consistently high standards of service and diverse network connectivity with the REANNZ high-speed research network to facilitate collaboration.

AgResearch, which employs nearly 700 staff, aims to have the infrastructure moved before the end of the year.

The project will mitigate a number of risks including a single point of failure for network links into the Invermay site.

The deadline for questions is 4pm, 10 March, while proposals should be submitted by 4pm, 24 March.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CloudMicrosoftData Centreazure​AgResearch

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments