Southmark teams with Cisco for Govt contract

Southmark teams with Cisco for Govt contract

Melbourne-based reseller Southmark Solutions has teamed up with Cisco Systems to secure a lucrative $1.3 million deal with the Department of Primary Industries and Energy (DPIE).

The deal - announced last week - will see Southmark integrating switched Ethernet to all desktops in the Edmund Barton building in Canberra, which houses 3000 staff.

The contract is the result of a review of the department's LAN infrastructure, following the merger of IT units within the department last September.

According to Brad Eyre, DPIE's communications manager: "The introduction of more powerful desktop hardware, centralised backups, and the consolidation of servers was putting far greater demands on our aging hub/switching infrastructure. The network review identified the need to upgrade the capacity of the hub/switching infrastructure to cater for the new IT architecture.

"The Department collectively supported and maintained six brands of varying models of hubs and switches, with varying functionality. With staff required to support multiple vendor products and models throughout the building, moving to a single-vendor solution offered significant savings to the department."

Another reason for the Cisco solution based on the Catalyst 5500 fast Ethernet series, claims Eyre, is that it enables further upgrades to ATM or gigabit technologies in the future.

"While the current level of traffic does not warrant using ATM or gigabit technology, the department was not prepared to spend $1.3 million without future proofing that purchasing decision. We anticipate the pricing of gigabit technology will come down over the next couple of years and want to be in a position to easily upgrade to that technology should we do so."

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