It takes a lot to run a network!
National Research and Education Networks are especially tuned to be high-performing, highly available, technically innovative networks and REANNZ is no exception. Providing our members with the bandwidth and performance they need takes brains, time and of course, money.
If you are currently attending eResearch NZ, you will have heard our CEO, Nicole Ferguson, talking about our future sustainability. For those who missed it, or want more information, here's a summary of what has been happening:
REANNZ currently receives $4M per year from the MBIE Strategic Science Investment Fund to support REANNZ. The rest of our operating costs come from our membership, and our financial reports and strategic plans can all be found in our Annual Reports section of our website. This government funding is due to expire in June 2017, and as such we’ve been working with our members and the government to put a sustainable plan in place for the future.
Last year REANNZ and senior stakeholders from across our membership formed a Strategic Advisory Group, chaired by Dr Rod Carr, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury. We also briefed CIO and CEO/VC stakeholder groups. We considered many different sustainability options - the pros, the cons and how well each would fulfil our strategic objectives. Out of all of this discussion and analysis we produced a report which was submitted to our shareholding Ministers in early December 2016.
REANNZ CEO Nicole Ferguson and and Board Chair Jim Donovan will meet with the Minister for Science and Innovation, Hon Paul Goldsmith next month to discuss the report and options for funding our important work into the future.
REANNZ is committed to continuing to provide exceptional service to our membership, and will continue to keep our members and broader stakeholders updated as we work through this process.