|Bull updates Belgian Federal Justice Ministry’s IT infrastructure dedicated to tracking judicial cases |
Bull has been chosen by the Belgian Federal Justice Ministry to implement a new information systems infrastructure – including servers, databases and associated services – dedicated to monitoring and tracking the progress of legal cases. Bull’s involvement follows on from the implementation of the Ministry’s ‘Phenix’ program, designed to equip the judicial authorities with high-performance information and communication tools enabling magistrates to process computerized case files more consistently and more quickly than in the past. Eventually, some 20,000 users, including all the judiciary as well as duly authorized external users, will be connected to the system.
“ We chose Bull to supply the infrastructure for our program because of their recognized expertise in integrating complex systems and deploying highly secure IT infrastructures. Their good understanding of our needs and translation of those requirements into their proposed solution and associated services were determining factors in our decision” said Alain Bourlet, Chairman of the Management Board of the Federal Justice Service.
The contract, valued at €8 million, involves designing and implementing the system architecture, as well as operating it in the initial phase. Bull will be responsible for integrating and optimizing the latest version of Oracle (10g RAC ASM) clustered for databases, as well as the integration and implementation of application servers and a portal, while migrating the Ministry’s various existing messaging systems to the Oracle Collaboration Suite system.
The new architecture will be based on:
Two high-end Escala PL3250 servers running under AIX 5.3, each equipped with 16 processors and the capacity to grow to 32 processors, in a high-availability cluster configuration to manage the Oracle databases
Eight Escala PL1650 servers, each capable of hosting up to 16 processors, to act as application, portal and messaging servers
20 Terabytes of storage capacity, which can eventually be extended to 50 Terabytes, running on EMC systems, as well as Storagetek libraries for archiving.
“We are extremely proud to be able to count the Federal Justice Ministry among our major customers. Our understanding of the challenges faced by the public sector and our expertise in information systems architecture enabled us to respond to the full spectrum of the Ministry’s requirements on this very large-scale project. We proposed a global solution building on our unique approach to IT architecture consultancy and our expertise – unrivalled in Europe – both in infrastructure and systems integration,” explained William Van Malderen, General Manager of Bull Belgium.
Bull is working in close collaboration with its partner NRB to supply all the installation, security research, training and support services needed to guarantee 24/7 availability of the new infrastructure. Bull’s local support services and its ‘high-availability’, Aix™ and Oracle centers of expertise, based in Grenoble, combined with NRB’s operational services are all being made available to support the contract.
The first phase, of this two-year project is due to go into operation from July 2006.