Unstable servers at govt agency: tender document

Replacing Compaq Proliants the first step for winner of tender

Replacing unstable Compaq Proliant servers will be the first job for the winner of an outsourcing tender at the Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit.

The unit, a 22-person government agency in Wellington, is seeking to outsource because, according to tender documents, it "does not have the capacity to maintain a credible in-house IT and telecoms presence."

The unit is moving to new premises next year and the RFP (request for proposal) says the move will coincide well with the installation new equipment to be provided by the successful outsourcer. However, the unstable file servers need to be replaced before then and that task will be the first for the outsourcer.

"CCMAU have been advised that the servers urgently need to be re-configured or upgraded," the RFP notes.

Another part of the deal is providing an integrated voice and data network and the RFP notes that VoIP "may be the most suitable option to meet the telephony needs of CCMAU."

The unit's Microsoft applications portfolio is licensed under Microsoft's Government Select regime, with Software Assurance and expires in 2006, after which the outsourcer will need to negotiate a new licensing deal. The number of Microsoft apps will be boosted when the unit buys SQL Server to support a new document management system. (At present it runs locally developed Access database applications).

A key objective of the deal is to reduce the number of IT suppliers from eight over the past year to a single outsourcing partner.

The RFP closes on November 29.

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