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Intersect partners with Hitachi Data Systems for $2M Research Cloud in NSW

Intersect and Hitachi Data Systems shake on it: (L to R) Laurence Cole, HDS; Dr Ian Gibson, Intersect; Neil Evans, HDS; Shane Youl, Intersect; Willie Lusted, HDS.

Teaming Agreement supports plans for R&D centre, underlining NSW’s depth and calibre of ICT and Research

Intersect has selected Hitachi Data Systems to build the NSW node of Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI). With an initial investment of around AU$2 million, the cloud platform will support data intensive research and collaboration, reinforcing Sydney’s position as one of the world’s foremost research centres. The infrastructure will connect 11 universities in NSW with other research institutions across Australia.

Intersect and Hitachi Data Systems have also signed Australia’s first teaming agreement to further serve the network’s members over the long term. The memorandum gives research bodies access to the Hitachi R&D program as Intersect works toward a next-generation R&D centre. The centre will enable research and innovation with information and communications technology (ICT) systems specifically designed for data-driven research and collaboration.

The Hitachi solution will create a single, fully integrated platform for all data, comprised of Hitachi NAS (HNAS), Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) and tape, delivering 4 Petabytes (PB) of online and object storage and 2PB of nearline storage. The new infrastructure will enable Intersect to offer data storage at no cost for researchers that qualify under the RDSI scheme. The data will be accessible via very high-speed access to AARNET, the NeCTAR research cloud, and high-performance computing facilities, with access through file sharing, databases and applications.

CEO of Intersect Dr Ian Gibson said: “Hitachi and Intersect share a commitment and dedication to R&D and innovation, which makes Hitachi the perfect partner to further enhance NSW’s status as Australia’s leading research state with the planned R&D Centre. The RDSI investment in the Sydney storage node positions NSW, and our members in particular, to compete favourably in the increasingly globalised and online world of research. 

Neil Evans, vice president and country manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands said: “We were drawn to this agreement by the depth and calibre of ICT and research in NSW. We expect the benefits to be both immediate and long-term for researchers, providing opportunities to collaborate with peers across Australia on data-driven research.”

RDSI is the largest investment for research storage infrastructure in Australia’s history, and per capita, one of the world’s largest. The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project, an initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) initiative.

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