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Town IT needs $337,000 reboot

Feb. 13. By Dave Vieser. The IT system at Town Hall needs major work, based on discussions at a 2020-2021 budget planning session. The cost: As much as $337,000.

While the work could be budgeted for the next fiscal year, it’s apparently urgent enough for a budget amendment to fund prior to the end of the current Fiscal Year which ends June 30. It’s said to be a priority based on the age and vulnerability of the system to attacks.

“Our staff performed an evaluation of our IT network and system, and have identified some reliability, security, and capacity concerns that need to be addressed,” said Town Manager Andrew Grant.


Officials said privately that deferred maintenance was at least partly to blame.

“We advised the commissioners during the planning session that we recommend replacing servers, upgrading operating systems, and taking appropriate measures to improve our cyber security.”

The Feb. 6 meeting was the first FY21 Budget Planning Session.

EVORAIL is a server-based appliance used for combining compute, networking and storage resources into a single infrastructure system. It is designed specifically for small and mid-sized enterprises and municipalities.  The cost to replace it is $ 224,000.

Other IT costs include:

  • Licensing & Audits $38,000
  • Windows Server Upgrades $5,000
  • Exchange & Decommissioning $5,000
  • Microsoft Office & 365 Hybrid $10,000
  • Workstation Upgrades $5,000
  • Cyber Security $35,000
  • Cyber Security Recurring $15,000