HostWorks selects Cabletron for core network

Cabletron Systems and Compaq Computer have been selected for a project worth between $2 million and $3 million to rebuild IT systems for internet server host, HostWorks.

HostWorks, previously the hosting division Ngapartji Multimedia Centre, is expected to start operating as an independent company soon.

According to Marty Gauvin, HostWorks CEO, the split from Ngapartji has not only created the opportunity to move premises but has also forced HostWorks to rebuild its entire network and IT systems.

Cabletron's SmartSwitch Router (SSR) technology has been selected as the core of the new network and Compaq will supply most of the hardware equipment.

Gauvin said the deal with Cabletron is around $300,000 and covers about 90 per cent of the proposed network. The network at Ngapartji used a combination of Cisco and Cabletron equipment, he said.

"This is a totally new network. The network at Ngapartji was . . . less capable," Gauvin said. "[The networks] are not really all that comparable . . . [HostWorks] is a fair bit larger."

Gauvin said the SSR equipment was appealing because of the port density and cost per port as well as the ability to scale.

"There is a 20 per cent growth in traffic a month."

After a 30-day test period, HostWorks plans to roll out the network in late October and go live in November. By that time HostWorks will have relocated to a purpose-built facility in Adelaide, he said.

HostWorks also runs one of four Microsoft internet data centres located around the world. Other locations are Redmond, London and Tokyo, he said.

According to Gauvin, HostWorks' facility will offer 24x7 customer support and is expected to grow from 20 staff to 26 by the end of the year.

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