University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

2007 ranking: 15

Senior IS executive: Clive Martis, director information and communication technology services

Reports to: Deputy vice-chancellor

Size of IS shop: 130

PCs: 4000

Mobile PCs: 800

Terminals: 200

Hand-held devices: No longer tracked

Total screens: 5000

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Linux, Apple, Cyclone, Dell, Lenovo, HP,


Server environment: Windows 2003, Linux, Sun, VMS, VMWare

DBMS: Oracle, SQL Server, Jade, Interbase, MySQL, Filemaker

Address: University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch


Key IS projects this year: New primary data centre; BlueFern IBM

supercomputing facility; campus data network backbone upgrade.

THE DELIVERY OF a new, primary data centre to house administrative

and academic college-based computing, as well as the BlueFern IBM

supercomputing facility, is on track for delivery for the University of

Canterbury in the third quarter of this year.

Planning has also begun for the 2009 provision of a secondary data

centre that will operate as a live DR site. Clive Martis, director information

and communication technology services, manages a team of 130.

The Campus Computers shop closed and this has been replaced with

an online sales channel with the new preferred suppliers of Dell, Cyclone,

Lenovo and Apple. A review of the requirements for the systems and

processes necessary to comply with the Public Records Act continues.

The outsourcing of telecommunications has resolved into three areas:

Landlines and mobile connectivity; help desk and PABX management;

and cable and infrastructure management. While Telecom has continued

as a connectivity supplier, other contracts are in the process of

fi nal review. These will be linked to a number of PABX and management

software upgrades, in preparation for a forward plan to a more

integrated communications environment.

Web-facing channels are in the spotlight, with new e-commerce

and e-business sites under development. These are being supported

with an extensive development in infrastructural stability through the

creation of a web farm, with protection provided by F5 Networks and

big IP network security devices. With a second-tier network disk storage

expansion, and a campus data-network backbone upgrade that will

progressively extend on-site network performance to a peak of 10GB/

sec, these two projects signal a signifi cant commitment to maintain a

robust and resilient IT infrastructure.

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