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Active Directory
The County has standardized on Microsoft products in the client server environment. With the advent of Windows 2003 operating system Orange County Information Technology (CEO/IT) decided that the implementation of Microsoft's Active Directory is essential to provide better service and a foundation for integrated services across the entire enterprise.
 
Wireless
The County continues to test and deploy wireless technology. Although the County has implemented several wireless networks in the WAN we have begun investigating this technology and its viability within the LAN. Wireless technology, when implemented securely, is anticipated to provide a stable, low cost, transport option for the County's network environment. We anticipate that wireless technology will play a major role in the future of Orange County's network.
 
Server Consolidation
Orange County Information Technology (CEO/IT) has embarked on an aggressive plan to consolidate servers and reduce network costs. Through the implementation of larger hardware configurations the County has determined that cost savings can be realized by combining multiple servers into a single platform or multiple large servers. Cost reductions have been projected to be approximately 20% when the consolidation effort has been completed.
 
DSL as a network transport
Orange County Information Technology (CEO/IT) has designed a network configuration that could substantially reduce transport costs across the entire network. This effort culminated in a unique design employing a closed (non-Internet attached) DSL network in a point to multipoint configuration. The costs of providing network connections to smaller offices can be reduced drastically replacing the more costly T-1's with these new private DSL circuits throughout the County's network. Orange County Information Technology has recently awarded a DSL provider contract and plans to begin migrating to private DSL circuits in early 2006.
 
VoIP Technology
CEO/IT currently combines voice and data traffic for much of the County providing a rich, cost effective, feature set for its users. The new Voice over IP (VOIP) technology makes good business sense for smaller offices and remote locations, allowing us to extend these features via shared usage of our low cost data network. In addition, this technology allows for quick response and seamless deployment in case of a local disaster. During 2006, CEO-IT working with other County agencies, will establish standards for cost effective business driven VOIP usage and begin deploying this technology where appropriate.
 
 
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