In the wake of an extensive network evaluation process, national broadcaster SBS has announced its decision to install one of the largest Gigabit Ethernet networks in the country.
After going to tender, SBS contracted Sydney-based network integrator Anite Networks to carry out the installation.
Following concerns over the existing network's throughput capacity and reliability, the broadcaster chose Xylan's new Omni Switch/Router as the foundation of its new network.
"Obviously, bandwidth was important to us - that's why we decided to go with Gigabit Ethernet," Charles Shave, deputy manager of SBS' Computer-Network Systems told ARN.
"But network migration and management was just as important. With its high port densities, the Omni Switch/Router allows us to support multiple users and servers with a single chassis."
Every Omni Switch/Router will integrate Xylan's Switched Network Services. that will allow SBS' network managers to develop intelligent local and wide area networks with a comprehensive set of services, such as information-flow management and multimedia traffic support.
Expected to support more than 800 ports in SBS' Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne offices, the network will integrate Novell Directory Services (NDS) with Xylan Omni Switches/Routers to create a single platform for directory-enabled networking.
SBS officials expect Anite Networks to complete the roll out by the end of December 1998.