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ABC to expand data storage network

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is looking to expand the capabilities of its national data storage network to accommodate the an explosion in media content.
Written by Luke Hopewell, Contributor on

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is looking to expand the capabilities of its national data storage network to accommodate an explosion in media content.

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ABC is looking to expand its national data storage network. (Credit: ABC)

In a tender released today, the ABC said it was looking to invest in new data storage hardware, storage management and monitoring software and support services to complement its existing storage area network.

The tender documents outline the burgeoning requirements of the broadcaster's audio-visual operations after the implementation of 24-hour broadcasting services, the online iView catch-up service and high-definition video and audio podcasts.

In 2003, the ABC required 3 terabytes of storage for multimedia content. Today it uses 1.6 petabytes (1600 terabytes), with the storage requirements expected to double by 2015 to an estimated 3 petabytes (3000 terabytes).

The corporation's current IT infrastructure is built around a central site in Sydney, with eight capital city satellite links and around 50 regional locations. These locations are used for data storage and disaster recovery.

Approximately 90 host machines connect directly to the storage access network running either Windows or Linux builds. The broadcaster virtualises around 200 machines around the storage network using VMware.

The tender specifies a contract of three years with two one-year extension options. Closing date for submissions is 27 September 2010.

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