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DFAT plans Windows 7 upgrade to secure SATIN network, seeks diplomat-grade antivirus

Simon Sharwood

2011 will see Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) upgrade 6000 computers to Windows 7 and create a new standard operating environment [SOE].

The upgrade, detailed in a tender released yesterday for enterprise antivirus software , states that the department intends to:

“ .... distribute a new Desktop and Terminal Server SOE to DFAT’s 6000 clients in the second half of 2011.  The Desktop SOE will be based on Windows 7 Enterprise and the Server SOE will as described above be based on Window Server 2008 R2 64 bit Standard and Enterprise edition.”

The tender calls for a new antivirus suite capable of operating in the new environment, and also has some interesting features.

One is the requirement to provide antivirus coverage for a wide range of handheld devices and their operating systems including:

•         Palm OS;

•         Microsoft Pocket PC OS;

•         Symbian OS;

•         Blackberry OS; and/or

•         Apple OS for iPhone/iPad.

Windows Phone 7 is not mentioned in the tender.

Another is the presence of presence of VMware’s ESX 4.0, and a requirement that any solution be capable of working in the environments mentioned in the tender, raises the prospect that vendors with a solution compatible with the new VMware vShield API may have an advantage in the tender.

A third point of interest is a requirement stating “The client agent must be able to be packaged by the Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM).”

The tender also details the Department’s Secure Australian Telecommunications and Information Network (SATIN) network, used for secure communications between DFAT and 120 locations in 85 countries. SATIN comes in two versions, “high” and “low”. The former carries secret communications, the latter is used for material that is “in confidence”.

Components of SATIN listed in the tender comprise:

SATIN Low

•         Directory Services and Authentication – MS Windows 2003 (SP 2 R2)/2008 (R2) Active Directory;

•         File Services – MS Windows 2003(SP2 R2)/2008 R2 –DFS;

•         Terminal Services – MS Windows 2003(SP2 R2)/2008 R2 and Citrix MetaFrame 5.0;

•         Print Services – Microsoft Windows 2003(SP2 R2)/2008 R2;

•         Email – IBM Lotus Domino (R7.0.2) to be replaced by MS Exchange 2010 SP1 and MS Outlook 2007 and 2010;

•         SQL Database Services- SQL 2005 SE to be upgraded to SQL 2008 EE and SE;

•         Xen Desktop;

•         Collaboration and Workflow – IBM Lotus Domino(R7.0.2) being replaced by Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services (MOSS) 2007/ 2010;

•         Finance – SAP; and

•         Human Resource Management – Oracles PeopleSoft ESS.

SATIN High

•         Directory Services and Authentication – MS Windows 2003 (SP 2 R2)/2008 (R2) Active Directory;

•         Virtualisation ESX 4.0;

•         File Services – MS Windows 2003 (SP 2 R2)/2008 (R2) –DFS;

•         Email – IBM Lotus Domino(R7.0.2) to be replaced by MS Exchange 2010 SP1 and MS Outlook 2007 and 2010;

•         Collaboration and Workflow – IBM Lotus Domino(R7.0.2) to be replaced by Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services (MOSS) 2007/2010;

•         SQL Database Services- SQL 2005 SE/SQL 2008 EE and SE;

•         Terminal Services – MS Windows 2003(SP2 R2)/2008 R2 and Citrix MetaFrame 5.0; and

•         Print Services – MS Windows 2003(SP2 R2)/2008 R2.