Going for gigabit at Auckland Uni

Auckland University is busy upgrading parts of its local area network to 1Gbit/s capacity. University IT manager Steve Saunders says the organisation is in the process of putting it across the backbone.

Auckland University is busy upgrading parts of its local area network to 1Gbit/s capacity.

University IT manager Steve Saunders says the organisation is in the process of putting it across the backbone.

“The LAN part will be decided as we evaluate the requirements.”

The Voyager library catalogue system and the information commons, a new building to be opened next year, will be first to have gigabit capacity.

The information commons will be an enhanced computer centre, modelled on existing facilities at overseas universities. Otago University has already established one and Massey has one in the pipeline.

The Voyager library catalogue, produced by US vendor Endeavour Information systems and run on an Oracle database, holds the main research material students use, Saunders says.

Auckland University’s network upgrade is an ongoing process, he says.

“We have many switches throughout our very large network and we’re progressively upgrading them to gigabit capacity as time and funds allow.”

The work is being done mainly by the university’s own networking staff, “but we have an ongoing partnership with Logical and Cisco”.

Krone is providing the cabling. Networking hardware is from “a multitude” of vendors, with Cisco predominant.

“Standardisation is part of the upgrade process,” says Saunders.

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