The Western Australian Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is on the hunt for a new Storage Area Network (SAN) as part of a overhaul of its back end IT infrastructure toward the end of establishing a private cloud.
The agency is currently in the process of implementing VMware infrastructure across its two data centres to provide disaster recovery site services, infrastructure-as-service, and virtual machine hosting to service itself and its clients.
As part of this revamp the agency is also moving to new SANs based on a high availability active/active model, which will, according to the DTF, provide the agency and its clients with the ability to quickly establish public presence and production continuity, with web, application, database and Internet services.
The SANs will also provide the DTF and its clients with a disaster recovery ability to help fast track the restoration of priority business applications and functions within the minimum amount of time.
The DTF’s current SAN setup is based on one 15TB Dell MD3000i SAN storage array, based at each of the agency’s two data centres, and servicing its own virtual machine cluster.
Each of the two new SANs will have an initial capacity of 30TB and will be based on a combination of high performance Flash, SAS and low cost SATA disks.
Each SAN will also be expandable to at least 890 TB of raw storage and support Microsoft Windows 2008, 2003, Microsoft Windows 2000, Linux and Unix Solaris. Connectivity will be a minimum of 1- and 10-Gbps Ethernet with a planned upgrade path to 40/100 Gbps.
The news marks the second WA government department to move to cloud services in as many weeks with WA Health stating in early August that was to shortly go to market for the procurement of managed central computing services.
The procurement would see WA Health source primary and secondary data centres, servers, storage, appliances, firewalls, and a data network.
The migration would also feature a strong services component including data centre management services, disaster recovery services, project services and relocation services to help facilitate the move to the new provider.
In July the WA Government announced it would provide $400,000 in funding to 12 metropolitan waste depots and regional councils in an effort to improve collection and recycling of electronic waste.