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EMC Avamar Install   Leave a comment

Well, the EMC Avamar install is underway.

We’re installing a production 2+1 configuration at our production site, and a matching 2+1 configuration at our DR site. Couple this with the inherent deduplication and replication technology and you realise that together with VMWare and other EMC technologies various infrastructure options lay before us.

In essence, the Avamar equipment will replace our tape backup regime, give us the flexibility to plan a “warm” DR site, and open up the possibility of implementing our own private cloud. The result is lower operational costs and greater recovery certainty and efficiencies. Plus, it releases some IT staff’s time to higher-value work.


Posted March 8, 2011 by terop in Cloud Computing, Current Role, EMC, ICT Strategy, VMWare

Current Role   Leave a comment

Lead a team in maintaining and developing the organisation’s network infrastructure services across the 400+ networked sites throughout Southern Territory (WA, SA, NT, Vic, Tas) with responsibility for ensuring the cost-effective and efficient deployment of technology (Active Directory, Anti-virus, Data Communications, infrastructure monitoring, user computing environment, wireless, server virtualisation, and VoIP).

And that just about sums up what I do, its mainly about infrastructure. The networks, the servers and the network services. Also the PC’s. Its about the platforms that the organisation runs on.

My focus is about a secure, efficient, robust and cost-effective infrastructure so that we, as an IT department, can deliver the required computing-based services across a geographical area that includes WA, SA, NT, Tasmania & Victoria.

Its been a quite varied and dynamic time. When you think about such things as Active Directory upgrades (across 70 WAN sites), introducing Sophos and SMS, becoming the key SAN-man (FC450 to CX300 to CX4-120), designing and implementing the network infrastructure (LAN, WAN, wireless and firewalls), maintaining technical familiarity with SQL, Citrix and VoIP, providing internal consultancy on business application selection and/or development, as well as office moves for those 70 plus (mostly leased) sites, and dealing with a number of vendors and third-party suppliers, you can see that it can become quite fulfilling.

Then, as The Salvation Army is a global organisation I’ve also have an International focus with my role. Firstly, as one of three AD Enterprise Admins (we have a global Active Directory Domain with 14 child domains) I’m involved with support as well as key architecture decisions and policy matters. Secondly, I’ve delivered sessions at our international IT-related conferences in New Zealand, Hong Kong and London. And thirdly, I’ve upgraded and installed office IT in Papua New Guinea and Mexico.

Quite a privilege.

And all that I’ve outlined just scratches the surface!

Posted February 17, 2011 by terop in Career, Current Role, Microsoft, Salvation Army