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NSW issues panel for storage, server platforms and virtualisation technologies

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The NSW Government has issued a request for tender (RFT) for the supply of mid-range, mainframe and storage computer systems.

Current suppliers are EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell and XSI Data Solutions. The existing contract is better known as 846: UNIX System Platform midrange, Mainframe, Storage computer systems, UPS’s, Associated Software and Support Services. The contract expires on 4 November 2009.

Tender documents indicate the government agencies currently spend $47 million per year.

The new panel will provide "server systems, storage solutions, virtualisation solutions, associated technologies and related support services including hardware, operating systems, systems software, peripherals and hardware options; and related support services".

The RFT cites reducing the cost of deliverables as a key objective, with savings and efficiency gains and reduced costs to NSW Government by value-engineering its delivery methods listed as required benefits.

The new panel will run for two years and may be extended by up to a further three years.

The RFT closes 26 November 2009.

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