Labour department relocates data centre to SITA

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The Department of Labour is relocating its data centre to a new facility.
The Department of Labour is relocating its data centre to a new facility.

The Department of Labour will be offline as it is relocating its data centre.

In a statement issued yesterday, the department said its information and communications technology (ICT) and related services will be offline from 21 to 24 February, a move that will have an impact on its operations and service delivery at its labour centres nationally.

"The department will be relocating its data centre to another building. The department has signed a contract with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) to house the new data centre in a state of the art facility in Midrand."

The Department of Labour's data centre is currently housed in the old Unemployment Insurance Fund building, which is to undergo major renovations and all users were relocated to another building.

The labour department explains this also means the data centre had to be relocated to a new facility. The ICT unit has already commenced with refreshing the outdated server and storage infrastructure, with further hardware refresh planned for after the relocation, says the department.

"All systems will be shut down from 16h00 on 20 February, to prepare for the relocation. This implies that no business systems including Umehluko, Siyaya and ESSA will be available.

"A data centre is the central hub of an organisation's ICT operations and equipment. This is where business-critical infrastructure is housed which provides access to systems, servers, databases and business applications."

The department notes that once the planned relocation is completed, it is envisaged systems will be available from 25 February.

It hopes the relocation of the data centre will bring improved efficiencies through new infrastructure, faster connectivity, improved uptime, reliability and stability of systems.

"Other benefits include enhanced physical security, audit compliance and additional redundancies, including reliable facilities and backup power."

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