Investing in Australia's research cloud

The ARDC’s Nectar Research Cloud provides flexible and scalable computing power to all Australian researchers, with computing infrastructure, software and services that allow the research community to store, access and analyse data, remotely, rapidly and autonomously. Its self-service infrastructure allows fast, efficient desktop access to data and compute resources and a powerful platform for collaboration.

A significant proportion of the our research cloud has reached the end of its useful life and is due for replacement and in 2018 the Australian Government provided funding to support the continued delivery of compute resources to the research sector. The ARDC is refreshing cloud compute and storage infrastructure to maintain the capacity required to meet the demand for cloud resources from nationally prioritised research activities. We are requesting proposals from organisations currently providing resources into ARDC's Nectar Research Cloud, as well as other organisations with established capability in hosting significant ICT infrastructure, for the supply and operation of new research cloud infrastructure as part of the ARDC’s Storage and Compute program.

There are a number of key resources, including the Request For Proposals (RFP) document that respondents should read in the context of the ARDC Strategic Plan.

All enquiries should be submitted through the RFP online enquiries form. Questions and answers will be published on the public FAQ.

Critical information

To ensure that you receive timely updates to the RFP process, please register your interest.

Key dates

30 July 2019Draft RFP v1 released Draft RFP v1 Documents [PDF 1.9MB]
FAQs document
Registration of interest on website
12 August 2019Consultation 1 via Webinar
19 August 2019All questions for Draft RFP version 1 to be received by this date.
26 August 2019Draft RFP v2 released
12 September 2019Consultation 2 via Webinar
14 October 2019All questions for draft RFP version 2 to be received by this date.
24 October 2019RFP released on ARDC website. Submission portal open.
8 November 2019RFP closes
11-22 November 2019Panel review
25 November 2019Results announced