Size of IS shop: 34
Mobile PCs: 150
Hand-held devices: 198
Total screens: 2040
Industry: Educational services
PC environment: Windows XP, Windows 7; HP; Toshiba; Dell
Server environment: Linux, Windows 2008, HP
DBMS: Jade, SQL
Address: Forth Street, Dunedin
Key IS projects this year: VMWare view; business intelligence Reporting; super student service desk implementation; 2010 hardware replacement programme; virtualise physical servers to virtual Office Communication Server (OCS); document management system.
Despite a decrease in the ICT budget of more than 10 percent, IT projects for Otago Polytechnic will increase in 2010 by up to 5 percent. Virtualisation will be one of the most significant areas of investment, with implementation of VMWare View planned, as well as a move to server virtualisation. “We see that virtualisation of the desktop environment will transform the way we deliver services to students and staff,” says CIO Mike Collins.
In March, the polytechnic completed the extension of its wireless network across parts of Dunedin, in partnership with internet provider WIC, giving thousands of students access to uncapped, wireless, high-speed internet, as reported by the Otago Daily Times. “It is another step towards enabling the working remotely policy that we implemented last year for staff and students,” commented Collins. A hardware replacement programme will be completed in 2010, focusing on the Polytechnic’s mainly HP, Toshiba and Dell PC and server hardware. An InfoTrack application will be replaced to enable job tracking, real-time data gathering, security management and remote monitoring, and a SAN/SVC performance monitoring report is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Collins’ team will be responsible for Live@edu student mail and portal migrations, as well as server room upgrades, including enhanced air conditioning and fire protection. The polytechnic’s approximately 1600 PCs will undergo desktop upgrades to Windows 7. And as part of an initiative to financially support the education provider, the telecommunications’ strategy is under review, with cost reduction as a major driver. A videoconference bridge is likely to be part of the plans.
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