Using Integrated Services Digital Network Technology as the Basis for the Royal Australian Air Force Information Systems Goal Architecture
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The purpose of this thesis was to define an information systems goal architecture for the Royal Australian Air Force that uses Integrated Services Digital Network ISDN as the basic network structure. To do this required gathering information from previous studies on architecture requirements and present related projects. Important requirements were identified as the ability to exchange data between the various systems, the requirement to protect classified data and the requirement to support deployed RAAF operations. An important Australian Defence project is the Defence EDP Systems Integrated Network Environment DESINE that is intended to achieve interoperability among the various information systems. DESINE details are not firm, but early indications are that proprietary IBM network protocols will be used with a strong emphasis on mainframe computing. This concept is contrary to the current industry trends where the use of smaller microcomputer based systems that use open systems architectures is advocated. The architecture presented in this report is offered as an alternative to DESINE. Analysis of the options for using ISDN technology indicated that the concept of frame relay is ideally suited to the RAAF requirements. Frame relay is a form of packet switching.
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