HP has signed a deal with the NSW Department of Services, Technology and Administration (previously the Department of Commerce) to establish a new single enterprise resource management (ERP) disaster recovery centre.
The project involves moving two separate SAP ERP environments onto the one platform. The Department has bought two HP Integrity rx8460 Itanium servers and HP StorageWorks XP24000 and the project will also include the implementation of HP Global Instant Capability on Demand (GiCAP) software. The software lets organisations move the usage rights for hardware and software within a group of servers, deactivating components effectively in one server so they can activated in other.
The department has also bought Instant Capacity (iCAP) to help with over-provisioning and activate a pay for additional capacity as required. The project is already underway; the design and build is underway, HP has delivered the hardware and the project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2010.
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"It is anticipated the new servers will reduce support costs in the fine tuning, configuration and maintenance of the existing programs. For example, the SAP programs require upgrades up to three times per year, each of which can take up to three weeks per platform. Under the new system the upgrades will be only be required for the single platform," the Department said in a statement.
"In keeping with standard practice, one server will be maintained at the Department’s main datacentre facility and the other will be housed at a secondary facility to provide backup in the event of a major malfunction or disaster."
HP South Pacific director of enterprise servers, storage and networking, Paul Robson, said the Department expects to see significant growth in the number of users.
“So it was important for us to put in place a technology platform that would provide it with both performance and flexibility,” he said.