CIO wins Education Award for the first research cloud in Australia

February 15 / 152

Sendur Kathir, Chief Information Officer and Head of Infrastructure Group, has been named the 2015 Education CIO of the year for his National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project, at the 7th CIO Strategy Summit.

NeCTAR, a $47m Commonwealth funded research initiative, is the first research cloud in Australia. It uses resources from eight different interstate cloud nodes – pooling computational power - to offer researchers the resources to crunch numbers and complex models, and access storage on request.

Researchers and research students at Melbourne can get free access to the research cloud which is hosted across the two university data centres. For more information and access please go to or contact Bernard Meade, Head of Research Compute Services in University Services (, x49237).

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