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Connecting students and researchers with each other and the rest of the world

REANNZ members are connected to one another and the world via connection to a reliable, high capacity, high speed network, designed to meet the exacting requirements of 21st century science, education and innovation.

How our members use the network:

Participating in international, data-intensive research.

Sharing large scientific data sets.

Processing data using remote supercomputers.

Enjoying fast, reliable everyday network and internet access.

Gathering data from remote scientific instruments without leaving campus.

Running high-speed remote backups.

Communicating with colleagues over fast, clear and reliable video conferencing.

Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of research, education and innovation

Science and research are becoming exponentially more data-intensive, and are increasingly collaborative and borderless. With that there is a need for continually improving infrastructure that will yield economies of scale and allow for research to be conducted efficiently.

The REANNZ network is an integral part of our members’ IT infrastructure on and off campus. We work to help our members fully utilise the network and improve the design of their internal infrastructure.

In a data-driven world, an organisation with efficient and readily available infrastructure is more attractive to potential students, academics, researchers and staff — and in step with its global peers. 

Efficiency improving services:

Preparing for the future needs of researchers and their data

25%

Public internet traffic growth, 2014–15*

84%

REANNZ network traffic growth, 2014–15

Research and innovation will be key to the future success of New Zealand Inc. In order to support the country's best and brightest, and attract the world's best and brightest to our shores, we must ensure we can meet their data storage and sharing needs now and in the future.

International research norms have begun to shift to digitally-driven research methods and new standards in terms of evidence and publishing. The future impact of New Zealand research and researchers will depend on the ability of the research and education sector to adopt these new tools and to excel against new expectations.

We co-lead the eResearch 2020 initiative with our e-infrastructure partners, NeSI and NZGL, in order to coordinate this approach across the sector and alter the culture in our research institutions towards quality engagement with digital research methods and 21st century standards. eResearch 2020 is a future-oriented, national conversation that aims to assemble a comprehensive vision of research needs and essential skills over the coming decade.

A small percentage difference in growing grass, or dairy nutrition, or milk production all have major impact on our comparative advantage and economic fortunes in the global economy… if we take a backseat in the sciences, then we are really taking a backseat in economic development and global competitiveness.
Mark Gahegan, eResearch 2020

Dairy farm in Taranaki

Photo: Dave Young. Licence.

Providing top-notch customer service to our members

The technical staff at REANNZ are some of the best network engineers in New Zealand
Paul Fallon, Chief Information and Technology Officer, W2

Advanced networking is what gets us up in the morning. We hire the best people we can find and do everything we can to keep them around to ensure our members receive the highest quality products, service delivery and customer service. Because if our members aren't happy, we aren't happy. And we all know what a group of unhappy network engineers looks like, and it ain't pretty.

In the unavoidable event that something goes wrong (someone cuts through a fibre connection or a flood damages the network infrastructure) we have engineers on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure we're doing everything we can to get it operational again, as quickly as possible.

99.99%

National network availability

Less than 10 minutes of downtime per site over the past year

98.6%

of REANNZ members

consider the network valuable or essential to business

Leading by example

We believe in leading by example. We represent New Zealand in a variety of international forums, ensuring the work that Kiwis are doing gets a voice on a global stage. We regularly contribute to international research and education conferences, network and security forums and our CEO participates in the International Research and Education CEO Forum. We are also a participating NREN in the Enlighten Your Research Global scholarship programme.

Investing in the next generation of IT professionals

The next generation is key in our future success. Our Future Funds internship programme supports IT students by providing scholarship and experience opportunities to put their learnings into practice in the REANNZ offices by taking on projects of their own creation to help improve our products and services.