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WA Health issues $4 million Cisco contract

The Western Australian Department of Health is upgrading its networks and has issued a two-year, $4 million tender for Cisco switches and systems integration services.
Written by Josh Mehlman, Contributor on

The Western Australian Department of Health is upgrading its networks and has issued a two-year, $4 million tender for Cisco switches and systems integration services.

The request for tender seeks a single company to supply Cisco switch infrastructure and associated management systems, and systems integration services for the equipment supplied. The equipment supplied must be from Cisco for "interoperability and Standard Operating Environment reasons".

The Department of Health is seeking to improve redundancy and add more points of presence on its metropolitan area network (MAN), which uses MPLS technology to link teaching hospitals across Perth. It also wishes to upgrade the local area networks (LANs) at these teaching hospitals and increase the capacity of its datacentres.

The tender also includes optional contracts to supply networking infrastructure — but not services — to WA Country Health Service locations outside Perth.

WA Health estimates it will need seven Cisco Catalyst 6500 switches for the MAN upgrade and a further five Catalyst 6500 switches and 24 Nexus 7000 switches to upgrade the hospital LANs. The datacentre upgrade will require another 36 Nexus 7000 switches.

The successful respondent must be a current gold or silver Cisco Certified Partner. Submissions close on 20 January 2010.

Earlier this year, the WA Government binned plans to build a $1 billion statewide broadband network.

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