The Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC) will shortly replace the ageing Dell hardware in
portions of its mid-range server fleet, following its five-year
The regulator is responsible for ensuring compliance with
federal competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.
It had around 519 staff as at 30 June this year.
At present, the ACCC maintains a number of mid-range Dell
servers located in offices around the country, providing file and
print (Novell 6.5) and collaboration (Microsoft Exchange 2003)
services to staff.
Other machines located in Canberra provide a range of
corporate and middleware applications, as well as performing
At least 14 of the machines providing file/print/collaboration
services will shortly be disposed of, with the ACCC going to
market this week for a minimum of 21 new servers based on Intel's
dual-core Pentium Xeon processors, running at 3Ghz or above.
The existing servers are understood to have reached the end of
their useful life within the organisation, although several
machines will be redeployed from Melbourne and Sydney to the
ACCC's Canberra office.
The ACCC has outsourced support for all of its infrastructure
services, service desk and database services to local integrator
Exceed, which is part of the ASG group of companies.
The regulator will start rolling out the new hardware between
February and April, with an expectation that the project be
largely completed by early May.
The ACCC has also recently gone to market for a refresh of its
290 strong desktop PC fleet, also specifying the use of Intel's
dual-core processors. That contract has not yet been awarded.