Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, has chosen a combination of switched Ethernet and ATM to the desktop with an ATM backbone for its state-of-the-art multimedia network.
The museum, scheduled to open in February next year, has finished testing the network, which should go live in September. IT director Channa Jayasinha had been mulling over an either 25Mbit/s ATM or switched Ethernet, but has decided on both high-speed technologies for various applications. 25Mbit/s ATM will provide the connection to 30 video kiosks comprising OnLine Media New Zealand’s set top devices running MPEG 2 video. Multimedia kiosks, made up of Compaq PCs with 17in touch-screen monitors, will run with switched Ethernet. The network is using 3Com’s Cellplex 1000 switches to provide a 155Mbit/s ATM back-bone.
Jayasinha says what puts the network at the forefront is that all front of house multimedia displays can be scheduled and managed from a central location. The museum is using SunNet Manager as its network management platform and may upgrade to Sun Solstice Enterprise Manager and also comprises three Sun 64-bit UltraSparc servers.