MED schedules weekend outage to upgrade websites

UPDATED: MED plans final migration of data to new storage system

The Ministry of Economic Development plans to take several business website services offline this weekend as part of an IT upgrade. A notice on the Companies Office website says that in order to install new equipment, website services will be offline between Saturday November 12 at 4pm and Sunday November 13 at 9am. In September, 15 government websites were down for four days following a failed IT upgrade that had been carried out in the weekend. The MED has commissioned an independent review from business consultancy firm Deloitte to look at the cause of the fault, the Ministry’s response, and the planned approach to minimise the risk of future outages. MED communications advisor Alastair Stewart says this weekend the Ministry will complete the final migration of data to a new storage system.

“A fault within the old storage system was the cause of the September outage. In order to give our web services increased stability we purchased a brand new storage system, which we have been progressively copying data onto over the last few weeks,” he explains in an email to Computerworld.

Stewart says there is a back-up plan should there be any issues with the planned migration this weekend.

“The bulk of our websites are already running smoothly from the new system. We will be copying, not moving, data this weekend, so in the event of any complications, we can revert back to the old system.”

“We have scheduled this outage on a Saturday evening to ensure it coincides with the least busy and disruptive period of the week. We appreciate our clients’ patience during this time and apologise for any inconvenience.”

Online services on the following websites will be affected this weekend:

• Companies Office

• Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)

• Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR)

• Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

• Insolvency and Trustee Service

• G2B

• Radio Spectrum Management

• Motor Vehicle Traders Register

• Societies and Trusts

Access to the Personal Properties Securities Register will be refused pursuant to section 138 of the Personal Property Securities Act 1999.

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