Lot 1 provides for IT infrastructure solutions that are entirely delivered on-premise and includes but is not limited to the following technologies:
• Network hardware, including switches, routers, wireless access points, wireless network controllers, structured cabling and equipment accommodation that is external to a data centre. These may be delivered as core, distribution or access solutions or any combination of such.
• Network security solutions which includes both hardware and software designed to secure any part of the IT infrastructure, for example firewalls, web monitoring, email security and endpoint protection.
• Storage hardware which may include both network attached storage devices and storage area network solutions. This also includes storage controllers, of the type that allows software defined access to and aggregation of existing diverse storage hardware.
• Server hardware composed of such hardware as is specifically designed to deliver compute capacity for both physical server deployments and hosting of virtual servers. This may also include directly attached storage.
• Backup, archiving and data protection systems. This may include disk or tape backup, directly attached or network attached and includes data loss prevention solutions.
• Data Centre furniture, power systems and air conditioning systems. This includes server and communications accommodation including racks and shelving, mains power delivery systems, uninterruptible power systems, structured cabling, air conditioning and cooling systems.
• Monitoring systems including both premises and infrastructure monitoring and reporting systems.
All the above must be delivered on-premise in a way appropriate to specific requirements. This may be by way of 3 tier, converged or hyper-converged solutions that will inevitably deliver a mix of the above technologies in a single solution.
This lot includes supply only and the supply and delivery of physical equipment and associated software licensing, installation of solutions and any support and maintenance contracts as well as strategic technology partnerships. A strategic partnership is the creation of a collaborative agreement between a supplier and a customer for a pre-defined period of time to deliver technology programmes that are complex or wide reaching, where involving many suppliers over a period of time may produce inconsistencies in both quality and interoperability of technology solutions.
Furthermore, where required by members the scope includes refurbished equipment, remanufactured equipment, and bespoke equipment.