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MS-4004/IT - Supply and support of High Performance Ethernet Network Switches

CERN have released a market survey for: MS-4004/IT - Supply and support of High Performance Ethernet Network Switches. This Market Survey concerns the supply of layer 2 and layer 3 Ethernet switches with 10/100/1000baseT Ethernet ports and/or 10/40Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The switches will be used for the deployment of the computing fabric used to process the very large quantity of data generated by the LHC, for the campus network which hosts more than 20,000 IP devices and for the data acquisition networks of CERN experiments. The scope of this Market Survey only concerns the aggregation layer of the system, not the high performance core routers.

The manufacturer or lead firm (in the case of a combination of firms) must

  • have proven experience in the design of high performance network switches;
  • be capable of providing support for large and complex network infrastructures;
  • have at least three (3) years of experience in providing general purpose campus networks (at least 5,000 wired connected devices) in Europe or a CERN Member State, and in supporting such solutions; and
  • have at least three (3) years of experience in providing very high performance network solutions for large datacentres (at least 5,000 wired connected servers) in Europe or a CERN Member State, and in supporting such solutions.

Market surveys are a precursor to calls for tender and designed to identify suitable companies. Only companies that meet the requirements at the market survey stage will be invited to tender. It is very difficult (and many times not possible at all) to include a company at the call for tender stage if they have not responded at the market survey stage. My role is to find UK companies to respond to CERN tenders.

If you are interested, please reply to Allanah at: tenderopportunities@stfc.ac.uk with your full contact details and address. I will send you the documentation to review and if you think you would like to respond, your details will be passed to CERN who will note your interest and send you the information directly.

The deadline to return the information to CERN by post is 27th March 2014, so please reply ASAP.

Kind regards,

Allanah, STFC tenders team

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