Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Virtual Machine Infrastructure for NZ Hospitals

The New Zeeland West Coast District Health Board has issued a request for proposal for a Virtual Machine Infrastructure to replace its current 41 are physical servers. This is an interesting example of an attempt to rationalise a complex computer system. The board will need to decide if its two server rooms (primary and backup) are sufficient and how if more than just two physical servers are needed. The board would need to balance the saving in hardware and energy (and lower greenhouse gas emissions) this would provide against the security are reliability issues.
GETS Reference: 24453
Title: New Zealand based opportunityVirtual Machine Infrastructure
Request for Proposal RFP08/01

General Information:

WCDHB is the District Health Board that serves the health needs of the West Coast of the South Island. It currently has three hospital sites in Greymouth, Westport and Reefton.

It also has a health clinic in Hokitika and many smaller satellite based clinics up and down the Coast. WCDHB services an area from Karamea in the north to Haast in the south.

WCDHB has a wide area network spanning Karamea to Fox Glacier, including all major town centres on the West Coast.

WCDHB has 55 physical servers, of which 41 are physical servers and 14 virtual servers using VMware Infrastructure edition on a single physical server, using local disk as storage.

The servers are split between two server rooms, a primary and a backup (most being in the primary room), with a 4 Gig fibre backbone running between them.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is to invite external companies to submit their proposals to WCDHB with information on their skills, services and experience in providing Virtual Machine Infrastructure services and products.

The information is requested so that WCDHB can:
  • Identify organisations interested in and capable of delivering these products/services; and
  • Identify different methods of providing such products/services and a preferred solution/product.
Following the evaluation of the RFP responses, WCDHB may:
  • Enter into negotiations with preferred supplier(s); and/or
  • Conclude the process without awarding any contracts.

Site visits or workshops if needed: Available during 8th to 12th of December.

To access the RFP documentation please download from ...

Additional Documentation to Download... WCDHB VM RFP08 01.doc RFP documentation WORD 299.5kb
RFP08 01 Questions and Answers 09 Dec 08.doc Q & A's # 1 - Dated 9 December 08 WORD 190kb

Relates to the following TenderWatch Categories
841 Project management relating to IT service and delivery
842 Software implementation services
453 Computer software
849 Other computer services

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