$35 billion NZ Super fund shifts to Microsoft's Azure cloud

$35 billion NZ Super fund shifts to Microsoft's Azure cloud

​The NZ Super Fund manager is aiming to shift to Microsoft's public cloud by September 2018.

NZ Super Fund to migrate from two datacentres to Microsoft's cloud.

NZ Super Fund to migrate from two datacentres to Microsoft's cloud.

The Guardians of NZ Super is migrating its systems to Microsoft's Azure public cloud.

Seeking interest from potential technical implementation partners, the Guardians said its current systems were housed in two data centres.

The primary data centre houses the Guardians' own hardware infrastructure while the secondary data centre provides backup and houses hosted infrastructure.

"[The] Guardians needs to refresh its infrastructure by September 2018 and is taking this opportunity to follow the Government’s Cloud First policy and make use of public cloud capabilities," a Request for Information released last week said.

The design phase of the project has been completed to assess the risks of moving to the Microsoft Cloud; assess the people change impact of the move; define the high-level cloud operating model; and develop a technical design and migration plan.

From this a business case was developed and approved by the Guardians board, which is now seeking a technical implementation partner for the migration.

Last month, the Guardians announced one of the best annual performances of the NZ Super Fund it manages, a 20.7 per cent return (after costs and before NZ tax) for the 12 months to 30 June 2017 to finish the year at $35 billion, up $5 billion on the year before.

The Guardians is looking for a credible partner with capability, experience and resources to work with the managers of the $35 billion fund on the migration.

"The supplier must be able to work within the parameters of the high level technical design and migration plan already created, whilst still adding value with suggestions to optimise the plan as needed," the Guardians explained.

They must have a proven track record of successfully completed migrations to Microsoft Cloud Services, for example including Exchange Online, Azure and Office 365, "for all or most systems in an organisation".

In addition to having experience working with organisations in the financial services industry, the partner must also be a Microsoft Gold Partner and have successfully partnered with and delivered for government agencies on technology projects.

They must also understand the importance of safeguarding an existing disaster recovery solution throughout a migration to the cloud.

They must have successfully configured a site-to-site disaster recovery Azure Site Recovery solution within Australia for a client, have successfully migrated customers to Exchange Online and have experience with building secure Microsoft Azure solutions.

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