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CSIRO claims AU$16m-worth of storage space at Canberra Data Centres


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has signed with Canberra Data Centres (CDC) for additional space to house its computer systems and associated components. For a cost of AU$15.8 million, the two-year deal covers "supporting infrastructure for IT services", commonly known within CSIRO as technical floor space -- specialised floor areas used to house and support computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications, network, security, server, and digital storage systems. Under the multimillion-dollar contract, CDC will provide fully managed technical floor space for CSIRO's IT infrastructure. A spokesperson for CSIRO told ZDNet the technical floor space will support CSIRO-owned enterprise IT equipment and services including corporate applications, CSIRO's large scale scientific computing clusters, and research data storage. CSIRO previously held a contract with CDC that had a term from January 1, 2014 through to December 31, 2017.

Science to support Accelerator program: CSIRO


Science will always be at the forefront of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) core function, according to Liza Noonan, CSIRO Innovation executive manager. "We at CSIRO believe there is a fundamental difference between invention and innovation. Invention is about the idea, the IP, the know-how; and innovation is translating those ideas into something or someone. Innovation is about having an impact," she said speaking at an event about CSIRO's On Accelerator program earlier this week. Noonan said the organisation's plan under its Accelerator program will see CSIRO connect its scientists and researchers to the entrepreneurial community that will be able to help commercialise their ideas.

CSIRO to spend up to AU$7 million annually through new procurement portal


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is looking to build an online procurement portal that the agency's IT team will use to procure network, unified communications, cybersecurity, and data centre hardware, software, and services for the next five years. In its request for tender, CSIRO said it anticipates to spend on average between AU$6 million to AU$7 million annually through its eProcurement Portal to support the organisation's network infrastructure. "CSIRO IMT provides foundation services that enable the organisation to perform and deliver against current and strategic directions … the network is progressively developed, consolidated, and enhanced to enable high performance, reliable, and efficient IT services," the agency wrote. The portal is expected to enable the agency access to a full catalogue of hardware, including servers, storage arrays, core, edge, and data centre network equipment, firewalls, as well as software for network management, server virtualisation, data analytics, cybersecurity, and networking provisioning, from "leading suppliers". CSIRO currently purchases hardware, software, and services from the following vendors: Cisco, Palo Alto, Juniper, Opengear, APC by Schneider Electric, Citrix, Splunk, Poly (Plantronics), Jabra, F5, and Logitech.

Australia is getting a new climate research center. Here's why scientists are unhappy about it


In Australia, a bold, and potentially damaging experiment is playing out to see what happens when a former venture capitalist with no scientific experience takes over a top science research agency. After facing an intense domestic and international backlash, the Australian government is scaling back a plan to make deep cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the country's premiere science research organization, and instead save a sliver of its climate research capabilities. Those cuts, critics have argued, would have decimated its world class climate science research units. SEE ALSO: Nearly 3,000 climate scientists condemn Australia's dramatic research cuts However, the new plan, which involves setting up a new national climate center in Hobart, Tasmania, is not earning much praise either. Larry Marshall, the CSIRO director who has previously worked as the managing director of Southern Cross Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, is still planning to get rid of about 75 climate science-related positions as part of a restructuring aimed at turning the CSIRO into an agency geared toward conducting research that will have the potential to bring in outside money from the private sector.

CSIRO to establish government supercomputer panel


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is looking to establish a standing offer panel which will comprise of vendors to support and provide high-performance computing (HPC). As with other government panels, the new panel will provide CSIRO with access to goods and services from pre-selected vendors, negating the need to go to tender for scientific compute, data hardware, and associated services. "As CSIRO operates in a continually evolving data-intensive research environment, the demand and application of machine learning, simulation science, modelling, and data analysis within CSIRO projects is growing sharply, and from every indicator is going to increase further," the panel statement of requirements explains. "For CSIRO to remain competitive and continue to deliver relevant high impact research there is an ongoing need for large-scale scientific computing and data hardware as a critical tool for success." It is a requirement that selected panellists have supplied goods or services in the past five years to one of the supercomputer centres that operate HPC facilities in the Top500 or Green500.