Australian eResearch support agency, Intersect, has picked storage and virtualisation vendor and wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, to build a NSW node under the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) scheme.

The RDSI Project is a $50 million Federal Government investment to strengthen Australia's capability to support researchers conducting data intensive research and data intensive research collaborations.

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With an initial investment of about $2 million, the Cloud platform will support data intensive research and collaboration, while the infrastructure will connect 11 universities in NSW with other research institutions across Australia.

The new infrastructure will enable Intersect to offer data storage at no cost for researchers that qualify under the RDSI scheme.

Intersect and Hitachi Data Systems have also signed a teaming agreement to further serve the network's members in 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 ICT systems specifically designed for data-driven research and collaboration.

Intersect CEO, Dr. Ian Gibson, said the company selected Hitachi Data Systems for the Hitachi solution's tight integration, robustness, flexibility and ease of management. "Hitachi Data Systems and Intersect share a commitment and dedication to R&D and innovation, which makes for a 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," he said.

Hitachi Data Systems A/NZ and Pacific Islands vice-president and country manager, Neil Evans, said the company was 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," Evans added.