The Reserve Bank is reviewing its wide area network and internet service provider services to ensure they are efficient and effective and can accommodate future growth.
"Network and vendor diversity is an important part of the Bank’s WAN and ISP business continuity planning," says a request for proposal issued today.
The tender is seeking a consultant to review the bank’s current WAN and ISP links and network usage, analyse current and future bank network needs, propose a new WAN architecture to cover current and future requirements as well as developing a high-level plan for migrating from the current architecture to the proposed architecture.
The documents say the bank's IT environment includes both discrete and virtualised Windows servers, a storage area network and Microsoft’s SQL Server database management system.
The Bank’s PC fleet run a Windows XP with MS Office, Outlook for email and Documentum for document management, as well as specialist business applications.
The Bank uses of WAN and ISP links to provide internet and email connectivity for staff, public connectivity to the bank’s websites, inter-bank and SWIFT connectivity for the payment and settlements systems, VoIP systems, and data replication.
The Reserve Bank employs 240 staff.
The closing date for receipt of proposals is 21 August.