Size of IS shop: 140
Mobile PCs: 230
Hand-held devices: 100
Total screens: 5250
Industry: Educational services
PC environment: Lenovo, Cyclone, Dell, Apple, Windows XP, Red Hat, Linux
Server environment: HP, Sun, Apple, Windows 2003, Red Hat
DBMS: SQL, Oracle, MySQL
Address: University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch
Key IS projects this year: Not disclosed.
Approximately 1600 University of Canterbury staff support the needs and education of nearly 25,000 students. The current University Profile, outlining the education provider’s strategic direction and a description of its plans and activities over a three-year period, will finish this year.
Due to increased capacity demand fueled by a growth in multimedia consumption across the campus, the university has plans this year to overhaul its network infrastructure, through a partnership with Juniper Networks. A new, secure 10GB Ethernet network will be implemented to provide students and employees with high-speed access to video, voice, business and web-based applications. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches are being deployed in a new network core to upgrade the university’s network from a one gigabit backbone to 10 gigabits, which the university plans to expand to 100-gigabit capacity in the future. The university is deploying redundant networks to give it added capacity and seamless fail-over capabilities,” says Juniper. The project will enable scalability and cost management, while minimising both space and power consumption within the datacentre.
The University of Canterbury runs Apple, RedHat Enterprise Linux, Solaris/Sun OS and Windows 2003 operating systems on Apple, HP Intel and Sun Microsystems servers. Several key network hardware partners are engaged, including Allied TeleSIS, Cisco, Enterasys, Foundry Networks and Juniper Networks.
ICT is used to support the university’s eight key strategic areas: research and creative work; teaching and learning; students; staff; community engagement; Maori and the University; financial
viability; and governance, leadership and management.