Ministry seeks SAN for Meridio System

The system is being implemented to help the Ministry of Fisheries comply with the Official Information Act and Public Records Act

The Ministry of Fisheries is trawling for a storage-area network.

The ministry has put out an RFP (request for proposal) for a SAN, to lay the foundation for a new environment that will include the Meridio document management system.

The Meridio system is being implemented to help the ministry comply with the Official Information Act and Public Records Act and to “help with the long-term management of documents [and to] increase visibility and access to current repositories,” according to the RFP document.

A SAN will be a key part of the underlying infrastructure of the new setup, the RFP says.

The ministry chose a SAN rather than NAS (network-attached storage) because NAS’s “block-level architecture acts as a natural separation between systems”.

The RFP acknowledges the emerging iSCSI standard, but opts for established technology, noting “the ministry’s current preference is to implement a SAN using fibre channel as its architecture.

“We are aware that considerable work has been going on around using SCSI over IP, but believe that this architecture still has considerable overheads.”

This approach contrasts with that of the Civil Aviation Authority, which last year implemented an iSCSI-based EMC system to replace an ageing HP fibre channel SAN.

The authority’s communications and IT manager, William Neal, told Computerworld at the time that fibre channel-based replacement options were “cost-prohibitive”.

The Civil Aviation Authority system also uses FalconStor software and Microsoft’s iSCSI Initiator product.

The Ministry of Fisheries RFP closes on August 25.

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