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Friday, 08 June 2018 11:46

Murdoch Uni new gaming, networking facility set to open


A new state-of-the-art networking and gaming facility at Murdoch University in Western Australia, developed in collaboration with Schneider Electric, is on track for completion in July.

Schneider Electric is collaborating with Murdoch University School of Engineering & IT on the establishment of the facility, with the company responsible for the installation of all the facility’s data centre and IT infrastructure, including power, cooling, racks, lighting, and cabling in the modern self-contained unit design.

The new 24-hour facility will feature an IT innovation hub to facilitate training and research; a student common room known as the "STAR lounge", and cyber security and networking labs.

A mixed and augmented reality studio, also known as the "MaARs room", will also provide the latest technology for online gaming development.

The new data and networking operations centre will be fitted out with IBM and Lenovo IT equipment, as well as the latest Cisco telecommunications hardware.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to supply the University’s future graduates with Schneider Electric’s latest data centre and IT infrastructure, ensuring systems are highly available and efficient, and equipping graduates to become our IT experts of tomorrow,” said Schneider Electric’s vice-president for IT division and strategic segments, Joe Craparotta.

Australian company Vixtro has played a key role in the design and development of the networking centre to ensure it will be fit for teaching purposes.

Vixtro managing director Paul Kingston said future students would receive the most relevant training in the networking and telecommunications equipment through a close relationship with Cisco’s Australian training academy.

“By working hand-in-hand with Cisco’s Australian training academy throughout the development phase, we can ensure Murdoch’s networking students will receive training specific to this equipment, setting them up for promising careers in the industry once they graduate," he said.

Dean of the Murdoch University School of Engineering & IT, Bogdan Dlugogorski, said the $2.6 million facility was the most significant development for the IT discipline at the School of Engineering & IT for many years and would allow students to take their IT and networking education to the next level.

“This new facility, equipped with the most recent technologies, will provide the current and future IT students enrolled at Murdoch University with a unique learning experience, complete with state-of-the-art gaming and networking laboratories, and an industry-scale data centre," he said.

“The common spaces in the new facility will foster greater interaction among students, and between students and their academics, allowing them to work across the various fields of IT either individually or in groups.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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