Getronics Australia has secured a $750,000 deal with Kangan Batman TAFE in Melbourne that will see the service provider create a new technology environment for its college staff and students.
As part of a series of contracts, Getronics will deploy Microsoft Active Directory, a standard operating system, NAS and SAN storage facilities and the Windows 2000 network operating system by April 2002.
"The SAN opportunity was a secondary win for us. Initially we were signed up to deploy the Windows Active Directory," said Peter Sate, director of managed services at Getronics Australia.
Getronics initially conducted a total cost of ownership study to determine how to best meet their future tech needs within the constraints of their budget. "We followed the Gartner licensed methodology," he said.
Until recently, students and staff were dependent on local PC hard drives for saving and retrieving work. The new SAN and NAS solutions Getronics is developing will see data back-up and information sharing capabilities provided, which is critical in the TAFE's information-intense environment.
Getronics will also provide specialised consultancy for the TAFE help-desk and proactive problem-solving training for TAFE staff.
The service provider has already started the implemention of the standard operating system using Windows 2000 Server.