Peterborough ‘eyes’ up network IT

Peterborough City Council is investing in a new management suite to improve the control and optimisation of its network assets.

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Peterborough City Council is investing in a new management suite to improve the control and optimisation of its network assets.

The council needed to update the management of its corporate and educational networks, including 65 primary and 15 secondary schools and nine libraries, to facilitate the applications delivering services such as high-speed internet access, video conferencing, secure data transfer and VoIP. These capabilities will provide the foundation for technology-based educational approaches such as a virtual learning environment where students can electronically attend classes at campuses across the city, forming part of Peterborough’s community strategy goal to increase the provision of high-quality, accessible higher education.

“Several strategic growth plans for the city through 2011 require state-of-the-art network connectivity,” said Paul Barnes, the Council’s networks and schools technical manager. “EYE gives us the ability to proactively provision our network to efficiently deliver not only today’s IT services, but future capabilities as well. This allows us to manage the resources for Council corporate needs and for the growing educational needs of the community.”

The authority also needed a set of management tools that were easy to deploy and that delivered real-time operational analytics and in-depth network service management reporting. It selected the EYE management suite from vendor Entuity and discovered several previously unknown areas of concern within its network allowing operations personnel to proactively take corrective action.

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