For Staff

Data Centre Strategy

The Data Centre Strategy (DCS) is a University programme that will deliver a modern, flexible and consumable approach for delivering IT to staff, students and researchers.

What benefits will the DCS programme deliver?

Improved service quality – Greater automation and self-service options will reduce the time it takes to satisfy requests for server and storage capabilities.

Greater reliability – All applications and storage will be migrated in to technology environments that provide guaranteed levels of resilience and security protecting key University systems and data.

Meeting future needs – A combination of University hosted platforms and third party services will provide a scalable, flexible and more responsive framework for hosting applications, servers and storage to meet the current and future IT needs of staff, students and researchers.

Greater sustainability – 23 machine rooms across campus will close, alongside the migration of existing applications, servers and storage onto energy-efficient platforms in modern data centre facilities resulting in reduced power consumption.

Which new services will be provided?

Research Computing – A flexible virtual machine and container provisioning/hosting service, offering performance and protection options.

Research Storage – A scalable, secure and flexible network-based storage capability, offering a broad range of availability, performance, protection and access features.

Business Applications Hosting Service – A virtual machine, database and web application provisioning/hosting service suitable for Corporate and Line of Business Applications.

Why do we need to make this change?

The University relies on access to systems and applications, which are highly available, responsive, resilient and secure – protecting the University’s intellectual property from theft and accidental loss.

Our current hosting infrastructure does not always provide the resilience and durability expected by modern University services. Some of the University’s existing IT equipment is very energy-inefficient, when compared to modern alternatives, and current hosting locations constrain our ability to support future demands.

Plus, the technology landscape underpinning IT services is changing faster than ever before. Third-party services, such as Cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), offer competitive advantages that the University would like to utilise.

How might the programme impact me?

All applications and storage will be migrated in to technology environments that provide guaranteed levels of resilience and security. The migration activity is expected to run from 2018 through to 2020, during which time there may be periods of scheduled, pre-announced downtime for an application you use in order for migration to take place.

If you are the business owner of an application, then the programme may request a small amount of your time so we can gather essential information to plan the migration of that application.

How will this programme be delivered?

The University has engaged ANS to implement and manage the hosting service that delivers the benefits of the Data Centre Strategy. Working closely with University staff, ANS is also responsible for assessing, planning and executing the migration of University applications, servers and storage into the new service.

When will the programme complete?

The initial service will launch in September 2018, with enhancements being phased in across a number of releases over several months. The migration of University applications, servers and storage into the new service will commence in 2018 and will complete in 2020.

Updates

New Data Centre Strategy services

First trials of new data storage services will begin this month.

Browse Data Centre Strategy by date