Maritime Safety Authority eyes $10M storage upgrade

Option to extent contract to seven years

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will spend upwards of $10 million on storage infrastructure and services over the next five years.

Earlier this year, AMSA announced its intentions to stick with Oracle Sun server systems despite cheaper options being available.

CIO Ewan Perrin said the Solaris-SPARC platform is mature and mission-critical for AMSA’s needs.

With its server roadmap defined, AMSA is now looking to engage either a single preferred supplier or multiple suppliers to a standing offer panel arrangement for data storage array hardware, software, maintenance and peripheral equipment for five years.

Suppliers must be a “recognised provider of mid-range storage systems, as determined by Gartner,” according to AMSA.

ASMA recognises the “leaders” as EMC, NetApp, Dell, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems and Hewlett Packard.

There is an option for the panel arrangement to be extended for a further two years.

AMSA already has EMC CX3-40 SAN systems which connect to the Oracle Sun servers.

The successful storage system supplier must have a national network able to provide support in the ACT with 24-hour, seven day per week response time.

AMSA will close tender applications on August 26.

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