INVITATION TO BID: Supply, delivery and installation of new digital storage units

Invitation to bid: NRF/SAAO ITIS/04/2020-21

Supply, delivery and installation of new digital storage units inclusive of software licenses and support services for a 5 year period to replace the existing 900TB system in CT and Sutherland split over 4 Data Centres to a total of 1.8 PB. Included is training and data migration. 

SAAO seeks to source new storage hardware to replace aging infrastructure and to expand capacity as well as improve the speed of delivery. Over the 5 years since the storage was deployed, technology in storage density and speed has taken a leap forward and this would benefit efficiency on the science and research fronts. There have also been improvements in the power consumption and this will reduce our total cost of ownership.  Since the current storage is running out of warranty and it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to source and replace failing hardware, it is necessary to source new hardware.

The documents required for bid can be downloaded for free by clicking on the following links:

IT Storage document Final

The above document is required to be submitted electronically for this tender.

There is a compulsory online briefing session on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 at 11:00. The link for the session is contained on the cover page of the document.

The closing of tender submissions will be 11:00 on Friday, 9 July 2021, no late submissions will be considered.

Please refer all queries to the supply chain management department scm@saao.ac.za