DFAT seeks high-availability systems

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is circulating a request for information (RFI) for the provision of a high-availability server solution for internal file serving in its Canberra headquarters.

In an expression of interest document, the department states that the system will be Intel-based with a Windows 2000 or 2003 operating system.

"DFAT has a requirement for a high-availability server solution that will provide non-stop file serving to DFAT officers located in the RG Casey Building," the RFI reads. "It is anticipated that the HA Server will achieve 99.999 [percent] availability or better."

The information and communications technology branch within DFAT provides core IT services to local and overseas users. These services are mostly delivered through the Secure Australian Telecommunications and Information Network, or Satin.

The Satin project was implemented in 2000, and the domestic and international rollout to all overseas posts is now complete. Satin consists of two discrete networks: Satin LO supports "in confidence" data, while Satin HI contains "secret" data.

"Currently, file serving is provided by two Microsoft Stretch cluster solutions, one on the Satin high system and one on Satin low," the RFI stated. "These cluster servers are connected to the respective High and Low SANS to provide DFAT officers in central office with high-availability file services.

The cluster also provides central office with DHCP services. DFAT plans to investigate the replacement of this service with a high-availability hardware solution.

The budget for the proposed procurement was not specified.

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