Regulator’s SAN investment to support multiple upgrades

New Zealand’s competition regulator, the Commerce Commission, is laying the groundwork for new and upgraded applications.

The Commerce Commission, New Zealand’s competition regulator, has gone to market for a storage network to replace chunks of its current kit and to shift other parts into a testing role.

However, the infrastructure investment appears to be laying the foundations for wider application-level changes.

A note in a tender released this week says the Commission plans to implement an organisation-wide customer relationship management system, a small data warehouse and a “significant upgrade” of its Summation iBlaze evidence management system.

The Commission is planning to replace the Hewlett-Packard EVA4000 SAN in its Wellington head office as well as Dell MD3000 gear now used for backup.

Dell MD3200 hardware, also in Wellington, looks destined to be reused in the Commission’s test environment.

The Commission says its Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS), evidence management system and Microsoft’s Exchange are the most significant sources of the data volume growth spurring the SAN investment.

A minimum of 20TB of usable space is required but any solution proposed must be able to scale to 70TB over the next three years at “linear” cost so that extending capacity does not require significant investment in additional equipment other than the cost of disks.