WorkCover Qld plans datacentre migration

WorkCover Queensland has aired its plans for a huge datacentre migration focused around robust infrastructure, implying that it has learned lessons from the state's recent wild weather.

WorkCover Queensland has aired its plans for a huge datacentre migration focused around robust infrastructure, implying that it has learned lessons from the state's recent wild weather.

The Queensland branch of WorkCover plans to implement a dual-datacentre design with 10Gbps links to its head office. Each link, switch, load balancer and firewall will have built-in redundancy in order to ensure zero downtime during unforeseen problems.

WorkCover Queensland is currently looking for network, storage and security equipment, as well as software to fill the new datacentres, to replace Linux and Windows servers currently nearing end-of-life. It also hopes to reduce power usage and boost storage capacity via the new gear.

"Consequently, [WorkCover Queensland] will be commissioning new datacentres and procuring and implementing new network, HP-UX and X-86 servers and storage in the period from early 2011 to early 2012," the agency said in its tender documents.

WorkCover Queensland's plans for redundancy come at a time when the state's eyes have turned to disaster recovery in the wake of the worst floods in 30 years. Flooding in Brisbane's central business district claimed millions of dollars worth of telecommunications equipment and forced businesses offline.

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