D-Link has announced it has upgraded the Thames-Coromandel district council’s network infrastructure.
The council implemented a D-Link 10-Gigabit Ethernet networking backbone three years ago, as part of a larger upgrade.
After that, the decision was made to upgrade the network switches to create extra redundancy at the core and higher capacity at the edge, while improving management capabilities. D-Link and its partner Lexel Systems recommended 3600 Series managed xStack switches.
For Thames-Coromandel's network core, D-Link recommended two 24-Port layer 3 managed DGS-3627 Switches as central network routers. In the case of edge deployment, eight 24-Port DGS-3427 and three 48-port DGS-3450 Managed Switches have been installed.
"As we digitise all our records, people are pulling up an electronic file instead of a paper file," explains Murray Foster, the council’s IT manager. "We are also interacting more and more with the residents electronically for activities such as letters and applications, and that is also driving more network traffic.
"We are now storing large files in our document management system like videos of court proceedings and support documentation for development applications," he adds. "Our employees are also downloading videos and other bandwidth-demanding documents from the content management system."
According to Lexel Systems’ sales manager Peter Young, the whole project took around four weeks from start to completion. “We always do a certain amount of configuration prior to shipment to speed delivery. At Thames, it took around four weeks from project start to completion. The onsite component was only two to three days to get everything going, even with a couple of smaller remote locations involved."
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