Finance to overhaul data network

Will facilitate greater use of virtualisation, wireless networking and unified communications

The Department of Finance will overhaul its IP network with an architectural redesign and installation of new hardware and software.

According to finance documents, the department had identified gaps between the capabilities of the current corporate data network and the department’s business requirements.

The project to redesign, upgrade or replace the current corporate data network would bridge these gaps, the department said.

The department will progressively implement server virtualisation and relocate many of its production applications from its Canberra Barton data centre to its more modern Hume data centre, which is used for disaster recovery.

The move to the Hume data centre would also create a more reliable network for its data services, according to the department.

“The data centre infrastructure supporting the core switches at [Barton] creates a single point of failure for the network,” the documents read.

“This exposes Finance to the risk of an unacceptable outage of critical business processes in the event of any prolonged failure of the [Barton] data centre.”

On top of meeting the department's capacity, reliability and performance requirements for the next five to 10 years, the new network would allow it to deploy voice over IP, incorporate current and emerging standards such as Internet Protocol version 6, and improve alignment with version two of the IT Infrastucture Libarary.

The new network will service around 1900 users and will allow the department to move toward deploying wireless networking and unified communications within the next three years.

It was also likely that future business requirements would drive the implementation and deployment of Ethernet-based block level, high bandwidth, and low-latency storage networking.

Finance has about 1500 desktops, 600 laptops, 500 network printers, 10 multifunctional devices, 155 Blackberrys and 150 PDAs connected to its network.

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