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I don’t have a lot to talk about in the Information Technology department this issue as I have just returned from 2 weeks vacation south of the border. Although I had a wonderful time, as tends to happen with vacations, I actually got a little home sick, (and work sick?), and am glad to be back. As far as I can tell things went very smoothly while I was away, with only a few minor issues that I had to deal with while on the road.
Thanks to Aaron Clausen for holding down the fort for me and a big thank-you to everyone for giving me a heads up on any issues that needed to be dealt with before I left.
Now back to work!
As some of you are aware, with the closure of the engineering office on 4th avenue we have been able to apply the cost of that decommissioned fiber connection to upgrades in other areas of our wide area network. There will be short interruptions to computer and phone services to the Airport on Friday July 3 between 7:15 am and 7:30 am, as the 10 meg fiber is upgraded to 100 meg. This should result in a very noticeable performance increase in opening email attachments and opening and saving files on the servers.
Stage 2 of this upgrade, still to be scheduled, is a 3 meg up 3 meg down dedicated fiber Internet connection. This will noticeably improve the performance of our web mail and any other outside access to our network. Those of you using Remote Desktop to access your office workstations and/or the Axis server for the Aviation manuals etc. should find it somewhat quicker as well.
The third and final stage is the addition of a T1 connection from the corporate office directly to the Coulson Flying Tanker base. This is probably the most important upgrade as anyone who has used a computer out at the tanker base will attest to. The current connection, a VPN tunnel over the Internet, is extremely slow and the performance boost will be quite noticeable.
Now that the Coulson Martin Mars and most of the crew are down south we will also be able to complete the upgrade of the old workstations at the tanker base.