Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland is consolidating core IT infrastructure onto IBM Cloud to support cost-effective 24/7 service.
The shift provides Unitec with an IT platform to support a new streamlined enrolment process and modern online learning environments with remote access for students and staff.
The cloud also supports Unitec’s PeopleSoft ERP environment, student learning and unified communications systems.
Unitec and IBM have a relationship dating back at least to 2012, when the two partnered to set up an IBM delivery centre at Unitec's Mt Albert campus.
The centre was opened by then Prime Minister John Key the following March and students were trained to deliver services to IBM customers, including Westpac.
Before the cloud consolidation, Unitec used a mix of on-premises and cloud services but elected in late 2017 to consolidate its workloads to achieve cost savings and economies of scale.
The consolidation also supports variable capacity needs, scaling up during registration or exam time and benefiting from cost savings during term breaks when demand is lower.
The changing needs of Unitec's 17,000 students and 1000 staff was a big factor in the change, said Unitec acting chief digital officer Hamish Martin.
“Most tertiary students today are ‘digital natives’ and expect a lot from online tools and devices," he said. "Moving to IBM Cloud allows Unitec to be agile in how we deliver our education platforms and processes to meet the changing expectations of this digital generation.”
With many students juggling part-time work and studying from home, Unitec’s core systems are increasingly in demand 24/7 as learning styles change and students choose to access lecture content or other material at times and on devices that suit them.
Meanwhile, Jo Healey, general manager of global technology services at IBM New Zealand, said IBM is helping Unitec simplify its cloud journey and to take advantage of cloud computing's innovation and scale.