These are the projects we are currently working on. These have all been approved and funded.


Research Data storage service

This service will provide all researchers (staff and higher degree research students) access to secure, resilient and redundant storage replicated in two locations for protection against major server room incident.

  • The service provides 3 tiers of online ‘live’ data storage offering a range of features and price points
  • All storage is accessible from Windows, Linux and Mac OSX via the NFS protocol
  • The service is chargeable in advance based on the service tier, amount of storage required and the storage duration.

Current Status

 Release: Q1

Research Computing Centralised Infrastructure

The Hyper Converged Compute Infrastructure for Research project is designed to enable IT to provide a centrally supported compute infrastructure service to researchers across the University.

We aim to provide a central infrastructure, capable of supporting all cluster computing requirements, to aid researchers with research computing work. This will be available for researchers and schools to buy into.

Centralisation of this computing infrastructure will enable a more efficient support model by increasing responsiveness due to the standardised approach.

In order to achieve this the Academic Computing Team has undergone a proof of concept and includes:

  • The ability to start small and scale performance and capacity as needed
  • Reduce storage overprovisioning and its associated cost
  • Virtualization tools to provision compute resources on demand
  • Reduce infrastructure management complexity
  • Potential integration with Public Cloud to deliver extended capacity and cost benefits

Once established, the infrastructure will enable the Academic Computing Team to focus on supporting Research staff and students to deploy their applications and algorithms to best effect.

Release: Q2