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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

2007 ranking: 33

Senior IS executive: Anthony Margetts, IT director Reports to: Executive director, Dr Stuart Middleton

Size of IS shop: 28

PCs: 3555

Mobile PCs: 321

Terminals: 135

Hand-held devices: 75

Total screens: 4086

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Apple Mac; Linux; Sun; Windows XP, Vista; Intelbased

Clone or OEM

Server environment: OSX; Solaris; Windows 2000, 2003

DBMS: MS Access; Jade; Oracle; SQL; MySQL

Address: Gate 1 Newbury Street, Otara, Manukau City, Auckland

Website: www.manukau.ac.nz

Key IS projects this year: Mail archiving.

THE MANUKAU INSTITUTE of Technology (MIT) has a five-year

strategic plan to map out where the institute is heading and has

identifi ed management, accounting and business planning capabilities

as areas to be improved upon.

These include enhancements to financial management, operational

profitability, analytical capability and management capability systems;

as well as academic approval, reporting and audit processes. MIT has

around 6500 full-time equivalent students in an educational environment

in which ICT is ubiquitous.

“We continue to move towards a directory-centric environment

based on Sun’s LDAP-compliant directory server integrated with

JASPER SMS from Jade Corporation. Unified user management is

achieved as we move in this direction,” says Anthony Margetts, ICT

director.

He says the majority of MIT clients use LDAP and are a mix of PC,

Mac and SunRay stations, and authentication is always against the

Sun Directory server. MIT servers comprise a mix of Sun Microsystems

Sparc/Opteron servers and Intel servers and there is 100Mb/s Ethernet

to the desktop in all areas with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone.

MIT’s IT environment is customised to meet individual needs, but

centrally managed. Heavy reliance is placed on the directory server

and storage area network, and multiple campuses are used to deliver

dynamic disaster recovery. LTO-3 tape library and real-time mirrored

data across the SAN between drive arrays at each data centre, give a

high degree of resilience and fault tolerance, says Margetts.

He says MIT has had messaging and authentication since day one,

doesn’t allow generic log-ins, and requires encryption for files from

payroll, personnel and fi nancial systems.

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