NRF/SARAO SDP/06/2022-23

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Supply, Installation and Configuration of Data Storage Servers and Monitor Servers

BID Number: NRF/SARAO SDP/06/2022-23

Closing date and time: Friday, 20 May 2022, 11.00 AM
Note: Submissions received after 11.00AM will be NOT be accepted

Non-compulsory Briefing Session:
A non-compulsory briefing session will be held as follows:
Date: Friday, 6 May 2022
Time: 10.00AM
Registration: To register in advance for the briefing session, click on the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Bid Submission: Electronic submissions must be sent to
Bids must be submitted in two separate electronic folders, one with the compliance and technical response, and the second with the financial response.
Technical submissions must be in searchable format (PDF, Word or other).
Note: Scanned submissions will not be accepted.
Folders must be titled with the bidder’s company name and folder title. Attachments are limited to 25 MB per email.
Bidders may use WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive or similar file sharing applications to submit their bid submissions.


The SARAO Science Data Processing (SDP) section operates a significant computing system in support of the processing and storage of astronomy products of the various telescopes operated by SARAO. Due to ongoing storage demand, we require the expansion of our storage system.

This bid is therefore for the supply, installation and configuration of data storage servers and support servers to form an additional, stand-alone storage cluster capable of running a Ceph storage system.

Interested parties must either be the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the equipment specified, an authorised reseller, or have demonstrated competency in the supply and installation of similar storage systems.

Equipment and services to be supplied (items below)

  • Storage system
  • Networking
  • Data storage hard disk drives (HDD)
  • Storage Nodes
  • Monitor Nodes
  • Racking for storage and monitor units
  • Out of band management
  • General specifications
  • Installation and configuration service
  • Support service

General specifications

  • All equipment must be compatible with a 220 V, 50 Hz power supply.
  • All equipment operates as a minimum in the operational temperature range of 5 to 40 C.
  • The bidder must submit data sheets for evaluation purposes.


  • Make delivery to the CHPC (CSIR Campus, 15 Lower Hope St., Rosebank, Cape Town, South Africa).

Bid Document - Final.pdf
Bid Document - Final.pdf
Bid Advert.pdf
Bid Advert.pdf

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