Auckland based Kaon Technologies boss Tony Krzyzewski has been providing the network behind the annual Computerworld Expo - which kicks off today - for 15 years and he has a novel approach to the task each year.
"The newest employee gets thrown in as network designer and manager and undergoes a sort of baptism by fire."
Krzyzewski stays in the background keeping an eye on the process and uses the annual event as a training ground.
"It works really well. I let them make the mistakes, but have the back-up bits on standby so when they realise they need cables of a particular kind I can pop up with them. We let them sweat for about half an hour or so then rescue them."
Network demand has increased exponentially since Krzyzewski built the first network.
"This year we're packet shaping the bandwidth so all the vendors get equal access to the net. Last year there were a couple of greedy vendors who tended to hog all the available space, which caused some problems." This year, with 30 vendors to provision, Krzyzewski says he is expecting to traffic around 6GB a day from the venue.
"We have a mixed 10/100 ethernet environment, we cache it ourselves and connect to the world using DSL." Krzyzewski has Walker Wireless providing back up in the event of a DSL failure.
"We would manually switch over to Walker's network should we need to."
Thankfully, Krzyzewski doesn't have to provide voice connectivity as well - vendors simply apply for a temporary line in to their booth should they need it, although many rely on cellphones for voice connectivity these days.
The Expo is held at the Auckland Showgrounds over the next three days.