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The Commonwealth Treasury replaces its legacy network infrastructure with Avaya’s SDN architecture

Nurdianah Md Nur | Feb. 19, 2016
The move enables the Treasury to improve productivity and its operational resilience in the network.

The Commonwealth Treasury is leveraging an Avaya software-defined network architecture to enable a reliable, day-to-day operation of its department and the production of critical government policy, including the Federal Budget.

As the Australian Federal Government's central economic agency, the Treasury is responsible for informing the country's macro and microeconomic future. To better execute its role, The Treasury needed a platform to help it improve the delivery of services and applications to its ministerial and administrative employees, and running day-to-day systems.

Following a comprehensive evaluation of networking technology based on government eligibility criteria, the Treasury decided to take a phased approach to replace its legacy network infrastructure with the Avaya SDN Fx architecture.

Avaya SDN Fx is based on Fabric Connect networking technology, which utilises Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) to provide the simplicity, speed and resiliency required for modern network architectures and the applications that run on them. It thus enables the Treasury to improve its employees' productivity levels, as well as enhance its network's operational resilience.

Avaya SDN Fx also provides reliable access to key applications such as the Treasury's Budget Management System (BMS), and other economic and tax modelling software which are critical to its ability to deliver the budget on time. Additionally, it underpins systems such as security services, archiving, VoIP and CCTV/IPTV. Given the simple architecture of Avaya SDN Fx, the Treasury is able to drive these services internally rather than contracting various parties to maintain separate systems across multiple networks.

The initial stages of the implementation have seen the introduction of a stable, network-wide IP television (IPTV) to livestream Parliamentary sittings directly to all staff. By using the Avaya network, Ministers and employees from multiple agencies are able to quickly relay information into the sittings. Prior to the new network, the Treasury experienced a number of outages as its multi-vendor environment struggled to manage hundreds of streams due to the amount of data flowing through the network.

"As we upgrade to Avaya SDN Fx architecture, we can take on more services, and provide the speed and reliability enabling greater efficiency for our staff in fulfilling their roles," said Ricardo Alberto, Chief Technology Officer, the Commonwealth Treasury. " The teams work on strict deadlines, so it's extremely important they can access data and all the resources they need to inform their reports. With these capabilities, we can ensure that critical documents, such as the Budget, are delivered on time."

 

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