Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade drops HP, Tivoli storage software

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is seeking new SANs, with equipment from incumbent HP considered to have reached the end of its working life and EMC SANs expected to be up for replacement soon. Also on the agenda: a move away from Lotus as its messaging environment and CommVault replacing Tivoli.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will replace HP Enterprise Virtual Arrays, which it says have run out of capacity and reached the end of their working lives despite one of the HP SANs having been commissioned in November 2008.

The Department has issued a tender for new storage equipment that it hopes will enable it to “… implement Enterprise Storage Resource Management (ESRM) and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) processes in a phased manner.”

“DFAT is undertaking this work as part of a wider data storage upgrade plan,” the tender says. “This includes an assessment of immediate demands as well as the development of a longer-term strategy addressing the department’s overall storage management requirements. The department will formalise the management of its data and information through the phased introduction of Enterprise Storage Resource Management (ESRM) and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) processes.”

The new SANs will be expected to support the Department’s existing Lotus email infrastructure, but the tender for the SANs states that it DFAT “ … intends to move its email/cable services from the existing Lotus Notes platform to a Microsoft Exchange platform during the initial term of the contract.”

The tender also requests “a highly reliable, on-line and secure information archiving solution that will integrate with CommVault Simpana archive software which currently supports enterprise-wide application data.” Elsewhere, the tender says “CommVault Simpana Release 8.0 Backup and Recovery software is used to protect the department’s server systems. The CommVault solution is being progressively implemented to replace an existing IBM Tivoli system.”

The new systems support DFAT’s core business and that of the Australian Passports Office, which operates EMC Clariion and Centera SANS the Department says is also expects to replace soon. The winning supplier will be required to prove a demonstrated ability to achieve a recovery point objective of 24 hours, with tape remaining as an archival medium. Data replication over the WAN is another feature, while individual SANs will use fibre channel networks.

SANs DFAT wants to keep or replace

#

 

Equipment

 

Environment

 

Envisaged to be replaced as part of this work

 

1

 

2 x HP ESL Tape Libraries: commissioned in June 2007

A

 

No

 

2

 

2 x HP MSL Tape Libraries Commissioned in October 2008

B

 

No

 

3

 

1 x HP EVA 4400 storage array: commissioned in November 2008

A

 

Yes

 

4

 

2 x EMC CLARiiON CX3-40 storage arrays

A & B

 

No

 

5

 

2 x EMC Centera storage arrays

A & B

 

No

 

6

 

2 x HP EVA 4000 storage array: commissioned in January 2006

B

 

Yes

 

7

 

1 x HP EVA 4000 storage array: commissioned in January 2006

A

 

Yes

 

8

 

2 x HP EVA 5000 storage arrays: commissioned in October 2004

A

 

Yes

 

9

 

Switched Storage Network Equipment

A & B

 

Yes

 

10

 

Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

A & B

 

Yes

 

Source: DFAT09-DID-10

 

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