Customs seeks better data backup

Data volumes are growing due to emerging global threats

New Zealand Customs is looking for a long-term backup fix for its its rapidly growing store of data.

The department’s current backup and restore capability has grown organically over the past decade and is in need of rationalisation, it says.

In their current form, Customs backup facilities cannot handle the rapid growth in stored data needed to cope with issues such as “global terrorism, the ongoing increase in trans-national organised crime and trade in illicit drugs,” the service says in tender documents.

Customs estimates that its storage requirement will grow to five to seven times its current volume over the next two to three years.

Initially, backup solutions are being sought for Customs’ two main datacentres, However, the agency says it would like to consider centralised backup for 24 servers in 17 sites nationwide over the longer term.

The datacentres have a mixture of IBM blade servers, HP Wintel servers, Sun servers and a Sun SAN. Backup offerings must handle virtualised disk and be capable of encrypting backed-up data.

At this stage, Customs has issued an invitation to express interest in bidding only. It is looking for proposals in the $300,000 to $450,000 range.

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