Family Court to replace IBM database servers

Equipment reaching end of life

The Melbourne Family Court of Australia is undertaking a rip and replace of its midrange IBM pSeries database servers which support business systems including Family Law Casetrack, Federal Law Casetrack and Finance One.

According to Department documents, the servers, originally installed in July 2005, support production databases, application development/testing and disaster recovery.

“While the Court has been satisfied with the performance of the existing system, additional unanticipated requirements have been placed on the existing equipment which has led to the equipment reaching its capacity limits,” the documents read.

“The fundamental requirement is to replace the existing pSeries database servers with new equipment that will meet the ongoing needs of the Court for the next five years.”

The Court needs the offering to provide a higher level of performance and storage capacity than the existing environment through to the end of its useful life and provide the flexibility to expand to meet new database requirements.

It plans to replace the servers with new IBM equipment to support the production, disaster recovery and applications/infrastructure environments.

“Due to the dynamic nature of the workload of the system, the Court is seeking a solution which is flexible and can be upgraded throughout its useful life to at least twice the specified capacity, without having to replace whole components of the system,” the documents read.

The Court has standardised on IBM System Storage DS3000 series of storage area networks for storage and IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express for storage area network (SAN) switch fabric.

The server equipment and operating system is required to be supported or certified to be connected to an IBM System Storage DS3500 Express SAN.

Documents state the Court has standardised on Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) for backup software. The server equipment and operating system need to support the TSM agent and server version 6.2. The server equipment is also required to connect to an IBM system storage TS3310 tape library.

The four database server environments will be used for production databases, disaster recovery, non-critical databases, application development/tape backup and infrastructure test and development.

In April this year the court said it would roll out of additional capacity to its backup system .

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