The Department of Conservation is to undertake a major overhaul of its network.
The upgrade and extension is partly being driven by year 2000 compliance issues but is also a part of DOC's IT strategy for the future. New hardware, including 38 servers and 500 PCs, will be required to meet the needs of the department's Y2K compliance needs.
The department's current network provides support to nine area offices, 13 conservancy offices, three regional offices and a head office. The new network will extend to a further 40 area offices and beyond.
Computerland has been contracted to provide training packages for the upgrade.
Fujitsu beat five other vendors to win the upgrade contract which covers redesigning the WAN, providing LAN cabling services, implementing network extension and assisting with development and implementation of a variety of plans and pilots.