Monday, 20 July 2020 14:42

University of Newcastle claims a university first with data migration to cloud in face of COVID 19


The University of Newcastle is claiming it is the first university in Australia to migrate its digital data to the cloud in what represents a “significant milestone” to improve services and boost cybersecurity for students and staff during COVID 19 isolation.

The university says it has transitioned from a physical data centre to the cloud to be more environmentally sustainable, improve cybersecurity, enhance its technology responsiveness, and improve the digital experience for students and staff.

“We’re thrilled to be the first university in Australia to make this move to the cloud – this is a massive achievement and will mean we’re at the cutting edge of cloud technology,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Zelinsky.

The University’s Chief Information Officer, Anthony Molinia commented on the project and the drivers behind the decision, saying that “a modern university needs to be agile, and one of the core advantages of a cloud-first digital platform is the capacity to respond and implement solutions quickly”.

“With a cloud platform, infrastructure solutions and tools such as secure data storage - that would normally be procured over several weeks - can be provisioned within minutes. This will place the University at an enormous advantage throughout the year,” Molinia said.

“We have already been able to leverage the benefits of the scalability and flexibility of cloud at the most critical time in recent digital history. 2020 has become the year of disruption and our early adoption of cloud-based services, communication and collaboration channels was key to the University’s successful pivot to remote learning and working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Molinia said the migration overall performed ahead of market expectation, and all applications and data targeted for migration to the cloud were moved in just over nine months, instead of 18 months.

“This has positioned the University of Newcastle as sector leaders in cloud-based technology,” Molinia said.

“We are delighted to be the first Australian university to achieve this milestone. It is an important step in our digital transformation.

“Importantly, there is a wealth of opportunity still to come from our cloud-first solution. In particular, our researchers and academics can expect to experience better access to resources across multiple platforms and perform faster testing and analysis of research.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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