The Future of Community Cloud and State Based Infrastructure Organisations

Mr Michael Boyle1

1Queensland University Of Technology (QUT), Kelvin Grove, Australia

Planned Approach – Facilitated Discussion

Target Audience – State based eResearch Infrastructure Organisations, National Grant Administering bodies (eg ARDC), eResearch groups in institutions,

Background – In the past three years we have seen the collapse and/or significant pressure on state based eResearch infrastructure organisations that, for many years, formed the foundation for the distribution of federal eResearch infrastructure grants. There has also been a turnover of experienced senior public servants in the science and infrastructure domains.  In the last 6 months we have seen a collapse in government revenue and a severe reduction in university revenue.  This situation is unlikely to change in the next two years.  Technology density and pricing has also evolved to a point where bulk purchase arrangements have limited benefit.

Problems/Discussion Points

– Does shared eResearch Infrastructure still deliver benefits?

– Where are state based eResearch Infrastructure bodies heading?

– Under current arrangements are benefits to institutions accumulating unevenly?

– What might a ‘better’ model look like?

– Where is the ‘bang for buck’ for government and institutions?

– Are domain relevant digital services more relevant than infrastructure?

Expected Outcomes

Commencement of a national discussion on the future of eResearch infrastructure and digital services futures that could inform future government funding lobbying.


Michael Boyle is the Associate Director, Service Operations at QUT.  He is responsible for managing and maintaining the infrastructure and applications supporting the operations of Queensland’s second largest university.  This includes working in partnership with the eResearch group to deliver high performance computing and dedicated research data storage.  Previous to higher education Michael worked in technology executive roles in state government.  He is an alternate board member of QCIF.