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UniSA Selects Alphawest for Network Infrastructure Upgrade Project

  • 05 December, 2005 15:14

<p>Alphawest today announced that it has been selected by the University of South Australia (UniSA) to implement the University’s major network infrastructure upgrade project. The new network will deliver the capacity to support UniSA’s e-research communications requirements as well as providing a platform for the launch of IP Telephony in 2007. The network will also support e-learning services provided to the University’s 32,000 students on campus, in Australia and in many countries overseas.</p>
<p>The objective of the project is to provide a highly available, integrated and reliable network with increased bandwidth, improved performance and centralised management facilities.</p>
<p>Initially the upgrade will establish the core and distribution network infrastructure together with centralised network management systems, closely followed by access and extended distribution network layers in 2006.</p>
<p>UniSA selected Alphawest due to its strong local presence, and its design and implementation skills that will support UniSA’s high performance network requirements.</p>
<p>Implementing a design based on Cisco Systems equipment, Alphawest will work closely with the University’s network services staff to ensure a smooth transition from the University’s current network to the new high performance infrastructure. The upgrade path proposed by Alphawest will be seamless and offer a continuous level of service to the University’s staff and students.</p>
<p>Garry Henley, Alphawest’s CEO, said: “Alphawest continues to invest in the Adelaide market and is proud to have been selected by the University of South Australia to undertake this project. Our Adelaide team has already started working with the University in the project design phases and we look forward to working together during the implementation phase to further the University’s profile within the increasingly competitive Australasian education market.”</p>
<p>UniSA’s Director of IT, Paul Sherlock said: “The need to deliver increasingly sophisticated network services across multiple campuses meant that we had to select a partner and a solution that would meet not just our requirements now, but support our vision for the future. Our staff and students will benefit enormously from the increased reliability, capacity, flexibility and security offered by the new network.”</p>
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<p>About Alphawest
Alphawest Services Pty Ltd is an IT Services business operating across the Australasian region, focusing on three key sectors of the IT Services market: Information Management, Infrastructure Solutions and Business Continuity.</p>
<p>Alphawest excels in aligning IT systems with a company's business goals for the creation of genuine business value and enjoys strong partnerships with leading organisations throughout Australasia.</p>
<p>Alphawest employs staff in offices located in Albany, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Bunbury and Singapore.</p>
<p>Alphawest is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optus Networks Pty Ltd and part of the SingTel Group.</p>
<p>www.alphawest.com.au</p>
<p>About the University of South Australia (UniSA)</p>
<p>UniSA is committed to educating professionals; creating and applying knowledge; serving the community; maintaining cultural diversity amongst its staff and students; and providing equitable access to education for greater numbers of people. In this way, UniSA continues to build on the long-standing traditions of its antecedent institutions.</p>
<p>UniSA was founded on 1 January 1991 through the amalgamation of the South Australian Institute of Technology and the Magill, Salisbury and Underdale campuses of the South Australian College of Advanced Education. Since then, it has quickly earned a reputation as a national leader in collaborative research, has been recognised nationally for innovation in teaching and has South Australia's largest intake of international students.</p>
<p>www.unisa.edu.au</p>
<p>Media Contact:
Eleanor Gorman
Kinetics Pty Ltd
02 9976 6611
eleanor@kinetics.com.au</p>

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