University of Melbourne in $25m core network overhaul

Converged network the final goal

The University of Melbourne has announced it will replace its entire core network in the first phase of a $25 million network refresh strategy.

The new infrastructure will move the University of Melbourne towards its goal of creating a converged network capable of delivering a wider range of services, like voice and video, in a highly-available and secure environment.

The university awarded this contract to services firm NetStar after a tender process.

The project, which commenced in October 2006, will see NetStar responsible for the supply, design, implementation and ongoing support of the new core network infrastructure. A Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) core will be delivered across 76 Cisco 6500 Series Catalyst chassis-based switches through 2007 and 2008.

The refresh strategy will also include a review of the existing network management policies.

The University of Melbourne's vice principal of information, Linda O'Brien, said this project will enable the university to deliver a greater learning experience, through enhanced services being made available to faculties, departments, staff and students.

NetStar's network management platform, "nVisage", will provide the foundation for delivering a broad range of tailored and unique support services to the University.

The core network renewal project is one of a number of network related projects as the University continues to refresh and renew current network management policies, practices and procedures as well as performing the network hardware technology refresh.

NetStar Australia managing director Chris Meager said the company's "Total Lifecycle Approach" to delivering solutions based on Cisco Advanced Technologies will "ensure success" for the project.

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