LocalTime offers research computing cloud management as a service uniquely combined with discretionary on-premise local hardware investment. This is ideal for organisations that prefer not to manage local cloud complexity. OwnTime is backed by the technical infrastructure and services of the Nectar Cloud, partly enabled by the Australian Government NCRIS program. This unlocks leverage of a national investment of approximately $68M made since 2013, and delivers benefits from the collective intellectual property and operational contributions of all major eResearch infrastructure providers in Australia.
Market-defining open source OpenStack technology binds all components together, offering a clear and sustainable software direction that will endure changes in underlying hardware or overlying operating systems and software. The service is experienced as self-serve computing by researchers, dematerialising all hardware and operational concerns.
The net result is a reduction in cost to operate, extremely efficient utilisation, a time to market faster than any alternative, and a level of proven technical reliability and staffing synergy beyond that of an exclusively insourced or exclusively outsourced arrangement.