Defence signs $1.7m infrastructure upgrade deal

Australia's defence force has signed a $1.7 million contract to upgrade and standarise the IT infrastructure of nine defence force bases to a Windows 2000 network operating system environment.

Corporate Network Solutions - a wholly-owned business unit of listed Melbourne-based IT services company UXC - was awarded the tri-services contract. The agreement covers work for the Navy, Air Force and Army, UXC's general manager of corporate network solutions, David Leaney, said.

The aim of the project is to move Navy users from Novell Netware to Windows 2000 and Air Force users from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000, according to Leaney.

The work will "result in a standard and efficient IT infrastructure" based on Windows 2000 to around 28,000 Defence users in Australia, UXC officials said. The upgrade will take place at defence locations from the west coast to east coast.

The project began as a pilot in December, with UXC expecting to complete the upgrade by June, Leaney said.

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