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University of Newcastle Newsletter

SnipITs - Issue 4 2008

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IT Network Refresh Program - Enabling the University’s Future

The Network Refresh Program is an umbrella program for a range of major IT Infrastructure improvement projects across the University of Newcastle. Initiated in late 2005, the core deliverables were replacing an aging IT network infrastructure with a new, reliable infrastructure and enabling the University to utilise a range of new technologies for innovation and improved efficiencies in teaching and learning, research and business services.

In 2007, new data centre infrastructure, upgrades to the campus fibre optic backbone and numerous building network cabling projects were undertaken, merging in November to enable the Geology building to be the first building deployed on the newly completed IT network.

Stage 2

Since then, a further thirty-two building deployments have been completed in “Stage 2” of the Callaghan campus refresh. These deployments delivered some five thousand high speed wired network connections and 180 wireless access points onto the new IT network with significant capacity, reliability and performance benefits to support the University’s anticipated digital growth over the next decade.

Replacement of the University’s aging telephone network has been enabled as a “converged” function on the new IT network, meaning no long term requirement for a duplicate telephone network infrastructure in the University.

Stage 3

“Stage 3” is now underway with data centre upgrades, a further twenty-eight building deployments and the launch of the new secure remote access services across the Internet scheduled to be complete before the end of 2008.

2009 and Beyond

Proposals are currently being developed to continue this important project in 2009 with further data centre upgrades, deployment of the remaining Callaghan, City and Ourimbah Campus  buildings onto the new IT network, and introduction of new video conferencing services across the new IT Network.

For further information about the Network Refresh Program, please visit the University NRP Web Site at:
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/it/projects/infrastructure/index.html

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