The Theraputic Goods Administration (TGA) is to implement a new SAN solution in response to end of life storage issues and a forthcoming document management system.
The solution, to be implemented by the end of June next year, will span the TGA’s two prime computer hosting locations in the ACT suburbs of Symonston and Bruce.
At present the TGA’s medium enterprise network supports a combination of around 120 ESX Server 3.5 / 4.0 virtual and HP Proliant DL380 G4, G5 and G6 model physical servers, while storage for the server is provided by direct attached storage (DAS).
According to tender documents, a significant portion of the TGA’s DAS infrastructure is approaching its expected end of life and an examination of the DAS indicated a significant under utilisation due to inherent limitations of DAS.
“The project to implement an electronic document management solution for the TGA has prompted a re-examination of the TGA's ICT infrastructure,” the documents read. “This analysis has highlighted the opportunities for increasing the flexibility of enterprise storage whilst minimising replacement costs for the DAS.”
For back up and recovery the TGA runs a pair of Quantum PX720 automated tape libraries (ATL) and a CommVault Simpana based backup system. During a 24 hour period the backup consists of approximately 7TB of data.