Cisco partner, The Frame Group, has taken a chunky slice of a multi-million dollar unified communications and collaborative solution deal with the University of Wollongong.
The Frame Group practice manager for unified communications and infrastructure, Marcus Stock, said the implementation started with interviewing faculty heads and business departments to measure what their demands were.
“The strategic network architecture report, captured the business requirements and matched the appropriate technologies to them,” he said. “We set out what type of refresh they needed to do and level of expenditure.”
The Frame Group will be providing the end-to-end architecture and professional services to the university. The Cisco network includes 1GB Ethernet to the desktop, video, unified communications and virtualisation.
“It’s not just the implementation but ongoing support,” he said. “We went through an evaluation process to find and partner with a vendor that can provide almost all the components of this roll out.”
The implementation also involves Cisco MPLS technologies including Catalyst 6500 switches and a whole suite of network management tools.
The University will use Cisco 7965 and 7945 IP Phone handsets for staff, and the Cisco 7911 handset for students. The unified wireless network is based on more than 500 Cisco 802.11n Aironet 1250 Series Access Points. 10GB Ethernet-capable firewalls were implemented to enable secure networking.
The University has about 24,000 students and staff who occupy 70 buildings.
In November, The Frame Group achieved Cisco Gold status.
Support for the project was also provided by Dimension Data and Alphawest.