Through the decades SANBI had amassed 11 unique websites and several tools that were hosted on dozens of different servers. Some of these were housed at SANBI’s campuses in Cape Town and Pretoria, while others were located at partner institutions around the country. This meant that Brenda Daly, SANBI’s biodiversity information systems manager, spent many a weekend performing manual backups.
The 2017/18 attack didn’t just spur SANBI to streamline its processes and beef up its security. It also prompted them to migrate all their publicly accessible data to a single website. They put the project out to tender, and after a lengthy process, BUI emerged victorious. There were two main components to the contract:
Help SANBI migrate to the cloud
Help SANBI manage their system better
The initial tender demanded a “lift and shift”
of the existing servers, says BUI’s account manager Chevonne Abrahams. “But once our systems architects got involved, they swiftly realised this wasn’t the optimal solution.”
Being a government body, SANBI had to stick to the original tender and Manuel is eternally grateful to BUI for finding a way to tweak the project specifications while sticking to the original budget. “BUI was super flexible,”
he says. “In fact, the move to Azure resulted in some savings which allowed us to plan for a rainy day."