Reserve Bank raises interest in desktop fleet

In brief The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is planning to replace more than 1,000 desktop personal computers from 1 July.In a request for tender issued to the market, the RBA asked for "tier 1" desktop PC vendors to submit bids by 1 May to supply 1,050 PCs to its offices in Australia, New York and London.

In brief The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is planning to replace more than 1,000 desktop personal computers from 1 July.

In a request for tender issued to the market, the RBA asked for "tier 1" desktop PC vendors to submit bids by 1 May to supply 1,050 PCs to its offices in Australia, New York and London. The central bank said it replaced its fleet of PCs "on a three year life cycle".

The contract is scheduled to kick off on 1 July 2006 and expire on 30 June 2009, with the RBA holding an option to extend the deal for two additional one year periods.

The successful tenderer would be required to enter into a separate agreement with the RBA's provider of leasing finance, Alleasing, for the purchase of the hardware.

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