Defence to roll out computer cluster

Defence Science & Technology Organisation to outsource its help desk

Defence continues its IT overhaul with the announcement that it will deploy a new multi-node computer cluster and outsource its help desk service for the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO).

The multi-node computer cluster will consist of about 96 independent compute nodes, according to Defence documents.

Each node will include 8GB of DDR RAM, one terabyte of disk space and two gigabit LAN connections.

Installation of the cluster, would likely commence mid May, Defence said.

In separate documents, Defence said it was also currently sourcing an end-to-end help desk service, due to commence 1 July 2010. Under the arrangement, new IT staff would be placed at DSTO sites in Edinburgh, South Australia, and Fishermans Bend, Victoria.

The DSTO’s IT environment includes separate restricted and secret networks, more than 16,000 separate applications, and more than 4000 desktops, 1100 laptops, 1500 thin clients and 560 printers.

The DSTO has about 2,200 research staff spread over seven sites across Australia.

In late March Defence’s chief technology officer, Matt Yannopoulous, detailed the department's various failures to consolidate ICT and re-stated the department's commitment to following the strategic imperatives outlined in the Defence Information and Communications Technology Strategy report, which was released last year.

The high price of Defence’s IT spending was also revealed.

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