'Bulletproof' network a must before unified comms: Massey Uni

'Bulletproof' network a must before unified comms: Massey Uni

Keith Linforth, associate director of networks and telecommunication, says network hardware refresh is the first crucial step before endeavouring on a unified communications project

Massey University has completed a network infrastructure refresh on its three main campuses in Auckland, Wellington, and Palmerston North. The three campuses are connected over the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (Karen), but the telecommunication and networking infrastructure on the actual campuses were reaching the end of life.

Keith Linforth, associate director of networking, telecommunications, and computing security at Massey University, says the hardware refresh has allowed the university to gain autonomy across its networks, and the modernisation is the first step towards supporting future projects.

In the video below he talks about how unified communications supports mobile learning and telework.

Linforth says the previous Cisco technology was replaced with HP infrastructure hardware, and the stability of the new network has given the university confidence to move forward with its unified communications project.

"If we have a network that is performing and robust it then can support additional services, " says Linforth. "That network has to be bulletproof, we can't tolerate any sort of instability."

Linforth says Massey will deploy its Microsoft Lync and Exchanged based unified comms system in four or five months.

Sim Ahmed (@simantics) is a reporter for CIO New Zealand.

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