A significant technology upgrade to high speed data services will enable the Bureau of Meteorology to deliver faster and better weather forecasting over time, including the provision of vital information to emergency services organisations about extreme weather events.

Nextgen Group will upgrade the Bureau’s data services from 40 Gbps to Nx100 Gbps, providing access to among the fastest data links of any business or government organisation in Australia.

The project is the first of its kind to be commissioned under the Commonwealth Government’s Internet Based Network Connection Services Panel and has been awarded as a multi-year, managed services contract .

Nextgen is augmenting its already extensive network to provide improved diversity between the Bureau’s Melbourne data centres.

The improved data links will strengthen the Bureau’s core network and supercomputing capabilities through high capacity and high availability. Live data will flow concurrently across two geographically distinct fibre links with full resiliency provided in the event that one link is lost.

The high-speed solution can also be upgraded in increments of 100 Gbps, giving the Bureau flexibility to future-proof its operations.

Nextgen Group CEO, Peter McGrath said the project was unique and provided a leading example to Australian business and government organisations of the benefits that a Nx100 Gbps core network could deliver.

“The dual path system is highly robust with high capacity and low latency links into two data centres, giving the Bureau a level of service and reliability to rival the fastest of networks.

“As the leading weather forecasting and environmental agency in Australia, the Bureau’s connectivity demands are growing rapidly, requiring the superior speed and capacity of multiple 100 Gbps links. Nextgen’s innovation will provide the Bureau with the highest speed, optical network connection available with the added assurance of connection to Nextgen Group’s reliable, secure network.

“Nextgen understands the Bureau’s sophisticated weather forecasting depends on access to increasingly high speed and robust communications links and that data needs are growing all the time.

“We’re extremely pleased that the Bureau have chosen us to deliver this essential project and placed their confidence in us to deliver against a challenging project specification,” Mr McGrath said.