Size of IS shop: 36
Mobile PCs: 205
Hand-held devices: 239
Total screens: 2803
Industry: Education services
PC environment: Windows 7, HP
Server environment: SUSE Linux, Windows, HP, IBM
DBMS: Oracle, SQL
Address: Madras Street, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: MS Migration Phase II; security; disaster recovery; service catalogue implementation; migration to external datacentre; core network upgrade.
In the wake of the earthquake on 22 February this year, the ICT team at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology has focused on recovery and stabilisation. Immediately following the quake, CPIT’s main campus was within the “no go” cordon, with limited power available to the site. The website was moved back to ISP Snap and a temporary, scaled-back site was created to provide simple and easy access to important FAQs and up-to-date information about the tertiary institute’s campuses, faculty, students and calendar.
The website was revised in order to allow registration of contact details and intent to continue study at CPIT online, something more than 3500 prospective students had done in the immediate two weeks following the earthquake. CPIT has received “enormous support from our Christchurch community, ITPs and Universities to assist in its planning for programme delivery options”, says ICT director Mark Marshall.
With the Civil Defence cordon making anything other than special access to the main campus unavailable, and power supply being severely compromised, the decision was made to expedite the move to the external datacentre, and all equipment was recovered from the campus and rebuilt offsite. All systems and services were back up and running before physical access to the main campus was again available and, importantly, before most staff and all students returned.
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