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Invitation to Tender



for the



Supply of Routing Equipment for the Northern
Ireland Regional Area Network

NIRAN Limited







This document and the information it contains are provided solely for the purpose of
allowing suppliers to provide a tender

for the facilities being procured.




















Authorised by:

Name:

M.C. Kelly

Position: NIRAN Network Co
-
ordinator

Signature:

Date:


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Contents

1.

Background and Purpose

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3


2.

Procedure

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4

2.1

Notation
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4

2.2

Delivery
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4


3.

Equipment Requirements

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5

3.1

Technology
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.

5

3.2

Multicast and IP Routing Facilities
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5

3.3

IP Network Reliability

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6

3.4

Management and Monitoring
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7

3.5

Main
tenance

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7

3.6

Documentation

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8

3.7

Installation
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8

3.8

Existing RN
EP
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1 Router Specification
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4.

Contract and Timescales

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4.1

Contract and Costs

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10

4.2

Tender Procedure

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1.

Background and Purpose


NIRAN is working closely with UKERNA, the body responsible for the
development of the national education network, JANET, towards the
implementation of

the next version of the JANET backbone network,
SuperJANET5 [SJ5]. Under SJ5, UKERNA intends to provide resilience
across the entire JANET network by ensuring that each regional network (such
as NIRAN) has two distinct ‘entry points’ to SJ5, as opposed to

the existing
single entry point which represents a single point of failure. Each of the two
new Regional Network Entry Points [RNEP] will be capable of linking the
regional network to the JANET backbone and the wider Internet. Thus, if one
link fails, con
nectivity is maintained automatically via the second entry point.

In order that NIRAN meets the requirements of SJ5, NIRAN is planning to
deploy a second entry point to the SJ5 backbone. In the first instance, this
requires NIRAN to procure a second RNEP
router to enable connectivity to
the second SJ5 circuit provided by UKERNA.

NIRAN will use its existing Belfast PoP router, a Cisco 7609 model, as the
future RNEP
-
1 router and will use a similarly sized router, that which is herein
being procured, to serve

as the RNEP
-
2 router. Both RNEP routers will be
housed at Queens University Belfast, in different buildings. The RNEP
-
1
router will be housed in the new Library Comms
R
oom and the RNEP
-
2 router
will be housed in the Administration Building’s Comms Room.

T
his document pr
esents

(a)
a generic description of the router that
NIRAN wants to procure
plus

(b)
a request for
capital
costs
and
recurrent
maintenance
costs for same

for a three
-
year period
.


NIRAN Future Topology with Dual
E
ntry Points to SuperJANET5

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2
.

Procedure

2.1

Notation

MRn

A mandatory requirement.

A solution that does not meet all mandatory requirements will not be
acceptable. Suppliers must demonstrate
how

all requirements will be met,
considering the issues and the points raised.
A statement o
f the form ‘this
requirement will be met’ is not sufficient. Tenders must satisfy all
mandatory requirements
. Failure to satisfy a mandatory requirement will
exclude a tender from further consideration.

IRn

.

An information requirement

The nature of this
procurement is such that it is vital that suppliers provide full
information on specific topics. These topics are identified as information
requirements. Failure in a tender to provide full, relevant information in
answer to information requirements may pr
event the evaluation from being
conducted properly, and hence lead to exclusion of the tender. Assessment of
the quality of the tender will be based on the responses to these requirements,
and will strongly influence the selection process.


2.2

Delivery

Th
e supplier will be expected to present a submission to NIRAN for the
provision of the router
-

including itemised costs for chassis and interface
cards comprising the router and annual maintenance costs based on a 3
-
year
contract
-

by no later than the
31
s
t

March 2006
.

The NIRAN Company would expect to select its preferred supplier by no later
than the
14
th

April 2006
. Based upon this deadline for awarding of contract,
the routing equipment being procured will need to be installed on site, tested,
ready for

service, and accepted by NIRAN, by no later than
9
th

June 2006
.
The installation site for the RNEP
-
2 router will be the Comms Room in the
basement of the Administration Building at Queens University Belfast.

NIRAN will seek contractually enforceable penal
ty payments to ensure that all
reasonable costs incurred as a result of late delivery can be reclaimed from the
supplier.


The following figure presents a
timetable

of activities and milestones in the
procurement process, which NIRAN reserves the right to

vary, if needs be.

Procurement Activity

Dates/Timescales

Notice of ITT to Potential Suppliers

9
th

March 2006

Closing Date for Return of ITT responses

31
st

March 2006

Selection of preferred supplier

12
th

April 2006

Sign Contracts

14
th

April 2006

Deliv
ery/Install of Routing Equipment

9
th

June 2006


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3.

Equipment Requirements

The supplied equipment will be used to implement a routed IP
-
based network
providing a robust, high
-
speed, low
-
latency IP routing capability. The supplier
will be required to answer

all the MRs and IRs in this document.

3.1

Technology

M
R1

Where possible, all interface cards should possess in
-
built scalability. Thus, for
example, those interfaces with 10M cards should have dua
l functionality at either
10M,

100M
,
1000M speed
, so that s
ubsequent upgrades to the connecting circuit will
not require change to the router interface.

IR2

The supplier shall provide the following information about the interfaces in each of
the proposed routers:



number of interface slots in each of the proposed r
outers;



maximum number of interfaces that can be operational in the proposed routers;



constraints on mixing different interface types in the proposed routers;



constraints on the number of operational interfaces due to addition of router
resilience/redundan
cy features.

IR3

The supplier shall list other interfaces
supported on the proposed route, including the
availability of the router to accommodate 10G interfaces
.

MR4

The supplier shall indicate that the proposed router can inter
-
operate with the
existing
NIRAN Belfast PoP router to provide redundancy and automatic failover
functionality.

3.2

Multicast and IP Routing Facilities

Suppliers are requested to fully answer the Information Requirements in this
section in order that the proposed router capabilitie
s are well understood by
NIRAN.

M
R
5

The supplier shall
confirm

that

the proposed router supports
at minimum the
following IP routing
protocols:



OSPF;



ISIS;



BGP4 with support for private ASs, confederations, route reflectors and
multiprotocol extensions.

I
R6

The suppliers shall state all other IP routing protocols supported by their proposed
solutions.

MR7

The supplier shall
confirm that
the proposed routers supports IP multicasting



using Sparse Mode Protocol Independent Multicast
-

PIM
-
SM ;



Multicast Addre
ss Family Extensions to BGP 4



MSDP

IR8

Suppliers are asked to provide details of the IP traffic management features that are
supported on the proposed routers. NIRAN is interested in enabling the provision of
IP guaranteed bandwidth and Quality of Service,

thereby providing the capability of
offering different classes of service.

IR9

The supplier must state how classes of service (ranging from guaranteed bandwidth
to best effort) can be implemented using the proposed routing platform(s).

M
R
10

The supplier
shall confirm that the proposed routers support H.323 traffic.

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IR11

The suppliers shall provide a summary of the IP traffic management and QoS
features supported on the proposed platforms and summarise any development plans,
with timescales, in this area.
In particular the supplier shall provide information on
the following:



QoS using techniques to: mark packets; place packets into queues that are
given a weighted priority; network signalling to 'reserve' network capacity for
end
-
to
-
end QoS; match traffic t
o available network capacity (traffic shaping),
network congestion anticipation;



Traffic engineering using MPLS.



Traffic engineering using DiffServ.




The impact on performance of the proposed routers when Quality of Service
mechanisms are used should be de
scribed.

MR12

The proposed router must support the ability to filter packets by address or
application per interface and to log all of these activities. The supplier must confirm
that this is supported and provide details on the impact that doing this has
on the
performance of the proposed core and access routers.

IR1
3

The supplier shall provide details of the security features supported on the proposed
routers. In particular, the following features must be covered:



Security of clients
-

(application proxyi
ng and address translation);



Security of the routing plane
-

(encryption and signing of routing protocols);



Security of the router itself
-

(encryption and authentication mechanisms for
m
anagement access to the router
, any
Denial of Service protection
);

M
R
1
4

During the lifetime of the router support for IP version 6 will be required. The
supplier
shall
confirm the

support for IP version 6 on the proposed router platform(s)
and summarise the roadmap, with timescales, for its development.

MR1
5

The supplier sh
all provide the router with chassis space for more interface cards,
and confirm that additional high
-
speed interfaces can be added in the future.

IR16

The supplier shall provide full details of the router model proposed. These details
should include:



Make
, model number;



Hardware configuration;



Upgradeability (spare slots, other interfaces supported, etc.);



Maximum capacity (interfaces etc)



Performance characteristics.



Throughput specifications of routers

3.3

IP Network Reliability

NIRAN requires very high
reliability from the IP routing infrastructure, with
long intervals between hardware faults and the need to reload router software
or configurations. Features influencing this requirement include router
hardware and software reliability, recovery from IP r
outing changes, load
sharing capabilities, redundant hardware modules etc.

IR17

Reliability of equipment is important to NIRAN. Suppliers are asked to provide
figures for Mean Time between Failures (MBTF) for the configurations of the
solution that they p
ropose.

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MR1
8

The supplier shall confirm that a redundant power supply unit and processor module
is included in the proposed PoP routing equipment and confirm if any external
equipment is required to support this feature. The router must automatically swit
ch
over to the stand
-
by power module on failure of the primary module, without loss of
data. The supplier must state how resilience is achieved.

MR19

The supplier shall confirm that all cards in the routing equipment will be hot
swappable so that they can

be replaced as required with the least possible disruption
to the production service. Any service disruption should be stated.

3.4

Management and Monitoring

NIRAN has a requirement to monitor the operation of the network and will
carry out all management

at the level of router configuration. NIRAN also
intends to use out of band facilities for both management and monitoring
functions by accessing the router by means of an ISDN Basic Rate Interface.

IR20

The supplier shall confirm that the NIRAN operation
s staff can monitor the network
and make operational configuration changes to the routers. These must include, but
need not be limited to:



monitor link status;



monitor router status;



pinpoint failures in the network;



monitor traffic levels;



operational cha
nges to router software configurations.

IR21

The supplier shall provide the technical data sheets for the configurations proposed
in order that NIRAN can confirm that the router can be properly managed.

IR2
2

The supplier shall provide details of the ways i
n which the proposed network
components can be assessed by NIRAN for the purposes of monitoring and
management and shall include both in band and out of band (using IDSN)
approaches.

I
R2
3

The supplier shall confirm that the proposed
Router
will

support Net
flow
and
support
for traffic analysi
s

and network

m
onitoring using
, e.g.

SNMP
,

SNMPv2
,

SNMPv3
,
RMON

1 & 2
applications
.

MR
2
4


The equipment must have the ability to apply control/filtering access via Access
Control Lists to and from attached networks in a
practical and useable manner.

IR25

The supplier should provide information on secure remote
management of
the
router
via
VPN

or SSL.

3.5

Maintenance

NIRAN may decide to maintain the router via the supplier, probably over a
three
-
year maintenance contract
. Suppliers are asked to provide information
on what their hardware and software maintenance arrangements are for the kit.

MR2
6

The supplier shall provide detailed information on what maintenance cover
-

in terms
of hardware and software
-

they could provi
de on the routing equipment for the
duration of the contract. For example, the contract should provide at minimum:

(i)

The maintenance of the router hardware, software and firmware items as
,

for example
,

listed in section 3.
8

-

or
more up
-
to
-
date
equivalents t
hereof

-

for the duration of the contract;

(ii)

Access to comprehensive expert technical support for all routing equipment
for the duration of the contract. [this may be provided via access to the
manufacturer’s technical support];

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(iii)

Access to the latest [and
other] working releases of the software on the
router equipment; [where the NIRAN can download and install software
versions and patches on routers]

(iv)

A help desk which can be contacted by telephone 24 hours a day, every day
of the year so that advice can be

obtained and the progress of faults can be
monitored


and technical assistance offered in diagnosing faults;

(v)

A minimum response time to fault reports of 4 hours, where four hours
means the time elapsed commencing upon the NIRAN reporting the fault
and th
e engineer attending the site.

IR27

Suppliers are asked to quote what fix time they would be prepared to commit to for
all reported faults relating to
the

routing equipment
, bearing in mind the normal fix

times NIRAN seeks for routing k
it as described in t
he addendum Sample Network
Services Agreement.
The Supplier should also detail relevant escalation procedures
for each stage of either the hardware or software fault resolution.

IR2
8

The supplier should demonstrate in their response that t
hey have
the expe
rtise,
resources
,

and backup arrangements necessary



including a number of qualified
router engineers based in NI


to

provide a high quality
maintenance
service.

IR2
9

The supplier shall provide details of all warranty and maintenance options and
associat
ed costs based upon
a three
-
year contract.

IR30

The supplier shall demonstrate that it can meet the likely service level agreements as
defined in the Sample Network Services Agreement which is provided as an
addendum to the Tender document.

3.6

Documentati
on

MR31

The supplier shall provide comprehensive and comprehensible English
documentation on the routing equipment, preferably in hardcopy, as well as on CD
or available via the Internet. The supplier must also provide at least one hardcopy or
electronic c
opy of all relevant documents for the routing equipment at the time of
delivery and must detail in their proposal a list of documentation to be supplied.

3.7

Installation



MR32

The supplier shall commit to installing the router at the required location an
d to
connect to the network. NIRAN anticipates that this will involve at least one visit to
the site. The supplier will install all routing equipment on the customer premises.

MR33

The supplier shall carry out all of the pre
-
stage testing and will be respo
nsible for
building the systems.

MR34

The router should be installed in the required location and ready for service by no
later than the
9
th

June 2006
. NIRAN may invoke penalty payments in the event of late
delivery.

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3.
8

Existing RNEP
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1 Router Specificati
on


Make

Model

Part Number

Spare
Slots

PPS

Quantity

Cisco

7609 Router Chassis Bundle (Inc Supervisor 720 and 4000w Power Supply)

7609
-
SUP720
-
PS

4

400MPPS

1

Cisco

7609 4000W Power Supply (Redundant)

WS
-
CAC
-
4000W
-
INT





1

Cisco

7609 Supervisor 720 (Redun
dant)

WS
-
SUP720





1

Cisco

7600 Supervisor 720 IOS IP

S763Z
-
12217SXA





1

Cisco

Inter Domain Routing Licence

FR
-
IRC6





1

Cisco

Enhanced 1 port OC
-
48/STM
-
16 SONET/SDH OSM, SM
-
IR, w/4GE

OSM
-
1OC48
-
POS
-
SI+





1

Cisco

Enhanced 4 port OC
-
3/STM
-
1 SONET/S
DH, SM
-
IR OSM, w/4GE

OSM
-
4OC3
-
POS
-
SI+





1

Cisco

FlexWAN Module for Cisco Catalyst 6000

WS
-
X6182
-
2PA





1

Cisco

2 port E3 Serial Port Adapter with E3 DSUs

PA
-
2E3





2

Cisco

Catalyst 6500 48
-
port Fabric
-
enabled 10/100/1000 Module

WS
-
X6548
-
GE
-
TX





1


The RNEP
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2 Router should resemble the existing RNEP
-
1 Router and should
at minimum

incorporate the following generic interfaces.


Interface [Mbit]

Quantity Required

Access To

2500

1

SJ5 2.5 POS

155

1

NW Backbone PoP

100
-
1000

3

HEIs + Inter
-
RNEP

10
-
1
00

10

HE/FEs

34

6

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4.

Contract and Timescales

4.1

Contract and Costs



The tender will cover the installation and commissioning of the router, and its
operation for
a minimum contract period of three years
. The total tender cost is
to be indicate
d in a particular format as specified below.

MR35

The supplier must provide the total tender costs at current sterling prices excluding
VAT and any other duty. The capital unit costs plus costs for annual maintenance
based upon a three
-
year contract must
be supplied in the fashion presented in the
RNEP
-
2 Router Pricing Template attached to this document.

MR3
6

Suppliers must indicate on which elements of the tender VAT or any other duty is
applicable. The costs must be presented in the Router Pricing Templa
te attached.

4.2

Tender Procedure

Three paper copies and one electronic copy of the Tender Responses must be
submitted on or before
12
-
noon on Friday 31
st

March 2006
to the address
:

Christopher Kelly

NIRAN Network Co
-
ordinator

Room 1024

David Bates Build
ing

Queens University Belfast

Belfast BT7 1NN

Northern Ireland

Requests for clarification of any technical item in these proposals, and for
meetings to discuss issues in the ITT should also be addressed to:

Christopher Kelly:
-


Telephone:

+44(0) 28 9097 3
837

Fax:

+44(0) 28 9097 5066

E
-
Mail:

c.kelly@qub.ac.uk