NSW primary schools get server overhaul

Summary:The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has embarked on a state-wide overhaul of servers in public primary schools.

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has embarked on a state-wide overhaul of servers in public primary schools.

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ZDNet Australia can reveal that 1600 new Technology for Learning (T4L) servers will be deployed over the next few months at New South Wales primary schools, to replace the ageing Content Pre-Provisioning Cache (CPC) servers, which are out of warranty and needed replacing, according to the department. The new servers will be used by schools to deploy new software, image new computers and rebuild computers with Windows 7, as well as run wireless networks within each school.

The department has chosen to roll out Dell PowerEdge servers, each with a Dual Xeon E5645 CPU, 48GB of RAM and four 2TB drives. As the new server is installed at each school, it will run in parallel to the existing CPC server for one month, until that server is decommissioned.

The new server will keep the existing services offered by the CPC until the beginning of next term, according to the department.

The Department of Education and Communities said that the roll-out had begun earlier this month.

"The installation of the servers began in early August, and, since then, 286 out of 1600 servers have been installed in NSW primary schools," it said. "The project is running on schedule, and is due to be completed in November."

Once the server roll-out to primary schools had been completed, the department indicated that it would extend the refresh to high schools and other educational institutions with CPC servers.

The news comes as Fuji Xerox was picked last week by the department to manage its 60,000 printer fleet in schools across the state.

Topics: Dell, Government, Government : AU, Servers

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