Services

Networking

BIT provides digital services for voice, video and data applications to connect computers together to form local and wide area networks.

Wide Area Network links are typically characterized by connecting offices across a geographically dispersed area.  This can include offices across the street or across town from each other, but could also include offices across the state, region and country. 

Network connected computers  have access to a wide range of technology resources including printers, electronic mail, departmental applications, statewide applications, work files, Internet and more. Local Area Networks are connected to the Digital Dakota Network (DDN) through a variety of industry standard telecommunication methods. Speeds for connecting to the DDN are determined by the client and BIT. Application requirements are the most important factor in determining network speeds.

Specific services include research, design, procurement, configuration, installation, bandwidth management, network management, software support, hardware support, vendor software maintenance and vendor hardware maintenance. BIT responsibilities will vary as needed.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public K-12 Education
  • Public Technical Institutes
  • Municipal (City – County) Government
  • Trading Partners Providing Medical Services for State Residents

What We Provide

  • Connectivity to state government computing resources through Wired, Wireless and Cellular networks.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Hardware, software and telecommunication standards.
  • IP address management.
  • Domain Name Services.

Client Responsibility

Major Investment Costs

  • Networking equipment and services, including:
    • Wiring
    • Routers
    • Switches and wireless access points
    • Firewalls
    • Leased Circuits

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Access to entertainment based Internet resources such as Internet Radio or Video consumes a great deal of bandwidth.  By reducing or eliminating the use of these resources, you can keep the cost of networking down. 

Rates

  • State government accounts covered in the BIT Access Fee which is billed monthly to agencies per user ID.
  • Higher Education Per Mb Rate
  • K-12 Connectivity funded through the Department of Education.


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