The Council has carried out a review of its enterprise backup capabilities and strengths with regards to operational and recovery effectiveness.

It is recognised that ransomware attacks on Public Sector organisations are increasing and that BCC needs to further strengthen its backup and recovery architecture to further reduce such risks in line with best practice UK NCSC guidance.

BCC has recently deployed Nutanix Hyperconverged technology into its new commercially hosted data centres, along with a Microsoft Azure Landing Zone to create a Hybrid Cloud capability. This platform is the primary compute solution for the council, running alongside legacy platforms including UNIX, AIX and VMware hosted on a range of hardware including IBM PSeries. The legacy platforms are expected to remain in place for the next 18-24months while existing projects complete. As such, any refreshed Back Up solution must also cater for the legacy platforms which include SAP.

We are seeking input from the market to gauge the level of interest in providing solutions that will support the council’s future on-premise enterprise backup solution. It is essential that the solution can provide:
• Full integration with Nutanix AHV
• Full integration with Legacy Platforms (IBM PSeries / AIX)
• Immutable / offline backups
• Selective and full recovery of systems / data from backups

This exercise will provide the council with an insight into how potential providers solutions contribute to these goals and the level of interest.

The council is also requesting an itemised itinerary of the components of the solutions being proposed so that it can be informed on the combined costs of the solutions that are on offer from the market.

Please read the document and if you feel that your organisation is able to contribute to this soft market sounding exercise please complete the requirements questionnaire, along with a solution overview and itemised price list and submit it via the In-Tend portal https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc by 5:00pm on the 17th May 2021.

Registration on In-Tend is free. The system is secure and access to the clarifications will only be made available to those employees of the Council, and/or their authorised advisers in respect of this soft market sounding request. If you are unable to register with In-Tend please either email us at cps@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 464 8000.

If you are interested in responding please click on the following link to access the Council’s portal: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/ and submit your details to register your interest. We will send you a username and password so you can download the documentation.

Please note that this is not a call for competition.