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Procurement Project NIRD2020

Illustration: The new NIRD storage infrastructure will be the first national system to be installed at Lefdal Mine Datacenter (LMD), which is in a closed mine in Nordfjordeid.

The procurement and implementation of the next generation of Sigma2's national storage infrastructure. 


The NIRD - National Infrastructure for Research Datawas set in production in 2017 and since then it has increased in data volume and services. Users are primarily scientists from public research and education institutions in Norway. NIRD storage is utilized for NIRD Data Storage hosting projects and NIRD Research Data Archive. Computing resources are offered on NIRD to support data-intensive computing, visualization and post-/pre-processing.

The NIRD is redesigned for the evolving needs of Norwegian researchers and has been procured through the NIRD2020 project. 

NIRD2020 - Project Goal

The goal is to replace the current NIRD with a new system. The NIRD2020 projects’ major objective has been to complete the acquisition of the NIRD2020 infrastructure to fulfil existing, emerging and future user needs in harmony with the local strategies, national and international collaborations. The national policies with regards to Open Access and Re-use of Research Data have been guiding principles for the design of the new infrastructure.  

The project follows the Prosjektveiviseren project framework. The project owner is Sigma2 AS and the project manager is Dr Maria Francesca Iozzi. The ultimate accountable body for the project is the Sigma2 Board of Directors. The project working groups and the technical reference group consist of experts from the oldest Norwegian universities, whose competencies range from distributed data management to performance storage and archiving.

NIRD2020 -  Procurement

The new NIRD Storage system is procured and will be supplied by the Norwegian IT company Move AS, based on technology from IBM. The contract between Sigma2 and Move was signed on 31 December 2021.

Read more in our press release

Migration of the data

The NIRD2020 project will be closed when the new system is set into production in December 2022. 

Now as the contract is signed, the main tasks of the project are to: 

  • Install the system  
  • Establish procedures 
  • Migrate the data 
  • Perform training 

This will be done by the Preparation for Operation Working Group

FAT (Factory Acceptance Test)
Shipping and installation
May-Sep 2022
SAT (Site Acceptance Test)
Oct-Dec 2022
Pilot phase / early access
Oct-Dec 2022
Documentation and training
December 2022
Full availability


Call for use cases

We are looking for use cases and if you wish to get more information information about this, please contact us.

Illustration of the NIRD infrastructure.

NIRD - Status

Here you can find updates on the status of the NIRD2020 project in connection with important moments and milestones, and possible connected future steps.

Status update - September 2022

Status Update - July 2022

Status Update - May 2022

Status Update - February 2022

Status Update - June 2021

Status Update - April 2021

Status Update - March 2021

Status Update - February 2021

Status Update - January 2021

Status Update - December 2020