EDUCATION

MANAGING THE INTRICATE SERIES OF CABLING SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities and ranks among the world’s top 100. The university has a number of campuses, four of which are in Victoria, and one in Malaysia. Monash also has a research and teaching centre in Prato, Italy, a graduate research school in Mumbai, India and a graduate school in Suzhou, China. Monash University courses are also delivered at other locations, including South Africa. In total, it WS includes includes more than 60,000 students from over 170 countries, over 15,000 staff and an extensive network of more than 290,000 alumni.

The Outcome

Monash University was able to commission PATCH! MANAGER On-premise system and completed ETL (extract, transform, load) of more than 100,000 connections and thousands of network devices and IT equipment to the platform within the first 3 months. Subsequent upload of complex GIS records was made simple with native support of KML format, the university was able to address previous limitations such as rendering of tunnels and manholes. With PATCH MANAGER, the university was able to consolidate sparsely distributed information into a central repository, manage connectivity and IT assets more accurately and efficiently.


The Challenge

Challenge The foundation of this network is an intricate series of fibre and copper cabling interconnecting building, floors, and rooms to our external carriers of internet and communications. To manage such an extensive array of interconnectivity we rely on maps developed and updated by staff and contractors. These currently reside in various forms eg: spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, documents, etc. With multiple frequent changes around the network, of ten these cable maps can become outdated. This can add complexity, risk and time to major upgrade or change planning. To ensure professional management of the University’s cable assets eSolutions are looking to procure an online Enterprise Cable Management Tool to provide a detailed and accurate view of this infrastructure.


The Solution

IDC Solutions delivered PATCH MANAGER Connectivity and Asset Management solution to Monash University e-Solution division with starting capacity of 2,000 rack cabinets and 3,000 network switches. GIS systems such as NearMap and Google WMS were integrated using PATCH MANAGER GIS extension module to enable precise management of outside plant and wide area fibre ring networks. PATCH MANAGHER was also provisioned to be integrated with existing information services such as Archibus, Monash Webnet and various network management tools to allow for workflow automation and minimise operational overhead.