AUT net upgrade going well: IT manager

Auckland University of Technology's rollout of a new Cisco network to replace its aging ATM one has proved largely successful, says AUT IT manager Calum MacLeod.

Auckland University of Technology’s rollout of a new Cisco network to replace its aging ATM one has proved largely successful, says AUT IT manager Calum MacLeod.

The four-month implementation had a few problems but nothing too difficult, says MacLeod. “While we were implementing it we found a few things weren’t quite right, but Cisco was very good at fixing them promptly so it didn’t hold up the rollout.”

The implementation, aided by Logical, began in March and the system was up and running by July, MacLeod says. The cost of installing the backbone was $650,000 but another $100,000 has since been spent on “[network] edge stuff”.

Most of the old ATM equipment is gone, but a little bit will remain “for a number of years”, operating in conjunction with the Cisco equipment in connecting AUT’s Wellesley St and Akoranga campuses.

AUT has 3500 PCs, a figure that has grown 18% since December 2000, and student numbers are projected to grow from 26,000 today to 35,000 in 2007, MacLeod says. About half of AUT’s PCs are getting 100Mbit/s, with the rest getting that bandwidth access by the end of next year, he says.

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