The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is to establish a panel of providers for servers and related services.
The panel, which may run up to five years, will allow agencies operating under the portfolio of the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department to access servers and services.
In ACC documents, the agency said that the panel was needed to support a proposed continual refresh program to sustain, replace, upgrade and enhance its server environment in line with business needs, available funding and the maintainability of the infrastructure.
The ACC runs a centralised server-based computing environment comprised of systems and components delivered and integrated over a number of years, through a series of tender processes and non-tender acquisitions.
The primary server infrastructure is deployed across data centres in Canberra and Sydney and consists of 60 X64-based servers and 20 SPARC-based servers. About 50 virtualised or para-virtualised Solaris instances are run on the ACC’s SPARC platform servers.
The agency’s primary Enterprise Storage platform provides 45TB in raw disk capacity and about 100 virtualised Windows Server instances on VMWare vSphere and VMWare ESX platforms are also run.
Citrix application and desktop virtualisation products are used to provide server-based desktop computing to about 600 ACC employees.
The announcement of the server panel follows the launch by the ACC of an IT professionals panel in December.
The panel offered companies a three-year contract to supply ICT professionals with skills sets as diverse as applications architects and programmers to data centre engineers and project managers.