IT Services (ITS) has won a contact for the design and implementation of an ATM network at two Northumbrian Water sites. Both companies refused to disclose how much the contract was worth.
The 500 user roll-out at the company head office in Durham is believed to be one of the largest ATM networks in the UK. A smaller network for 300 users is being at the company's Teesside office in Thornaby.
The decision to implement ATM followed a review of IT after the acquisition of Northumbrian Water by Lyonnaie des Eaux. It enabled the consolidation of a number of bandwidth-intensive applications at the offices in Durham.
The company's new IT strategy specifies greater use of specialist and standard office client/server applications hosted on central servers for greater control but with increased flexibility and ease of workgroup configuration.
However, this strategy creates greater demand for network bandwidth.
For example, the company wanted to centralise its financial operation, but the application has a large central database which can require transport of files up to 20Mb across the network.
"ATM is ideal for the network backbone because it offers high bandwidth and allows implementation of 100Mb to the desktop for power users with a clear migration path to even faster local and wide area links," said John Lumley, network manager of Northumbrian Water.
In conjunction with the network roll-out, Northumbrian water has decided to migrate from a Novell to Windows NT environment. The standard NT client configuration on the new network is a 166MHz Pentium with 64Mb of RAM.
It has implemented Bay Network's Optivity network management suite to help it monitor and operate the networks.
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