Manukau Institute of Technology
- 29 June, 2008 22:00
Senior IS executive: Anthony Margetts, IT director Reports to: Executive director, Dr Stuart Middleton
Size of IS shop: 28
Mobile PCs: 321
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
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
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.