Thursday 1st June 2006 by C. Freeman
The computer facilities at Brooke Weston have been updated with new servers plus a state of the art air conditioning unit to keep everything running smoothly. Two new file servers have been installed which increases the file capacity from 600Gb (gigabytes) to 4Tb (terabytes). For those who are less computer minded than those in the IT department this equates to nearly a seven-fold increase in capacity. The servers monitor all the electronic information which comes into and out of the College, as well as the internal communications which fly around the computer network.
Everything that is computer controlled is backed up, maintained and updated from the server room, which houses 14 servers, two firewall devices and numerous other bits of electronic wizardry, all of which churn out a massive amount of heat. The cooling system, installed in 1997 was unable to cope with the demands of the new servers and so it was replaced with a new air conditioning unit.
It took just one day to take out the old Mitsubishi equipment and replace it with the Belgian-produced Daikin 10KW cooling unit. Network manager, Matt Robbins said: "These two changes represent a significant update in our capabilities. The servers ensure that we can process information as quickly as we need to and the new air-conditioning means that the whole system should run efficiently."