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					                                                                                                    M/s CMC Ltd.
                                                                                   Queries

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S.No   Section No        Section                          Clause in Tender                                              Clarification Sought                     SECR Response
 1     1..0, S.No:3        33       Chassis should support N+N redundant hot swappable high         Different vendors have different design and architecture. We Accepted
                                    efficiency power supply with sufficient rating of support all   (one of the acceptable vendor in this tender) offers blade
                                    blade servers and should be supplied with minimum               systems which has redundant power supplies(1+1) which
                                    2+2 power supplies.                                             are high-efficiency, hot-swappable, load-sharing, load-
                                    Chassis should be capable of dynamic power saving with          balancing power supplies. The power supply modules can
                                    capability of required power supplies being powered on          be configured redundantly in an N+N configuration, with a
                                    dynamically                                                     single power supply module able to power the entire chassis
                                                                                                    at full load. To further enhance this protection, power grid
                                                                                                    redundancy for all of the systems and components in the
                                                                                                    chassis can be easily achieved by connecting each of the
                                                                                                    two power supply modules to different power grids within the
                                                                                                    datacenter. Hence we request SECR to open this clause by
                                                                                                    accepting "Chassis should support N+N redundant hot
                                                                                                    swappable high efficiency power supply with sufficient
                                                                                                    rating to support all blade servers and should be supplied
                                                                                                    with redundant power supplies. Chassis should be capable
                                                                                                    of dynamic power saving with capability of required
                                                                                                    power supplies being powered on dynamically", which also
                                                                                                    give full power supply redundancy.


 2     1..0, Sl.No: 5      33       Chassis should be provided with redundant 8 Gbps FC SAN         Every vendor has different design and architecture. We are   External Switch
                                    switch with minimum 8 ports active and with necessary           one of the top blade server vendor and also acceptable       is acceptable. It
                                    external ports to accommodate external SAN storage and          make vendor in this tendor. Our architecture supports        should be
                                    tape drive etc. populated with SFP/media interface module.      external switch only. We understand that FC/Ethernet         provided in the
                                    Chassis should be provided with redundant gigabit Ethernet      switches can be internal/external. Kindly confirm.           same rack which
                                    switch with necessary media interface modules for                                                                            houses the
                                    connecting all the blades to the LAN.                                                                                        chasis.
3    1.2, S.No:1        33       The database server should deliver performance of               All vendors may not have published tpmc for offered          Certification
                                 minimum 1,60,000 TPMC.                                          systems. In this case OEM/Bidder may have to estimate the from OEM only
                                 • If the family of Machines does not have the TPMC rating,
                                                                                                 value based on published benchmarks on similar category is acceptable
                                 equivalent bench mark may be offered with self certification.
                                 • The OEM should certify in its letterhead that the machine     of server. These estimates may be mathematical
                                 quoted by them complies with the above mentioned TPMC           calculation/extrapolation which may be self certified by the
                                 rating. In case of estimated benchmark is not published, the    OEM/Bidder. Kindly confirm.
                                 OEM should also provide justification in the form of
                                 benchmarking report which should be self explanatory and
                                 detailed with their bids.
4    1.2, S.No:2        34       The Blade server should have Spare sockets for 100%             Different vendors have different architecture and design.     Accepted.
                                 scalability.                                                    Our RISC blade servers comes with only single socket with     Should have
                                                                                                                                                               provision for 100
                                                                                                 multi-core technology. Kindly open this clause to enable us
                                                                                                                                                               % scalability
                                                                                                 to participate and bid. Open this clause to "The Blade
                                                                                                 server should have adequate number of spare
                                                                                                 cores/processing-power for 100% vertical/horizontal
                                                                                                 scalability".
5    1.2, S.No:9        34       Operating System must be certified to run Oracle Database We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment)                 Operating
                                 Software (Oracle 11g or latest version) in RAC configuration Operating System must be certified to run on present Oracle      System must be
                                                                                              Database Software i.e. 11g and future releases of Oracle          certified to run
                                                                                              Database software in RAC configuration. Please confirm.          Oracle Database
6    1.3, S.No:8        35       Operating System must be certified to run Oracle Database We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment)             Software (Oracle
                                 Software (Oracle 11g or latest version) in RAC configuration Operating System must be certified to run on present Oracle         11g and its
                                                                                              Database Software i.e. 11g and future releases of Oracle         latest version) in
                                                                                              Database software in RAC configuration. Please confirm.                 RAC
                                                                                                                                                                 configuration
SL     Section        Page/    Reference Section                                                 Query/Changes requested
                    Subsection
1    Schedule ‘A’    Page 43   STORAGE                                                           Please elaborate how the data replication between these two Tenderer has to
                               i. SAN Storage (As per item 1.5 of specification) - Qty 02        storage will take place ?                                   ensure that data
                                                                                                                                                             shall be
                                                                                                                                                             replicated on
                                                                                                                                                             realtime basis.
  2     Schedule ‘A’     Page 43     HARDWARE (Acceptable Make: HP/IBM/SUN)                           It is understood that these two sets of servers will be placed Both will be live
                                     i. Enclosure (As per item 1.1 of specification)                  in two physically separate location. Please confirm whether
                                     ii. UNIX Cluster/Blades (As per item 1.2 of specification)       only one set of servers will be active and other set will be
                                     iii. Windows Cluster/Blades (As per item 1.3 of specification)   standby during normal operation time.
                                     iv. Backup Server (As per item 1.4 of specification)
                                     v. Backup Tape Library (As per item 1.6 of Specification)
                                     vi. Backup Software (As per item 1.7 of specification)
                                     vii. Accessories (As per item 1.8 of specification)
                            Sub-
Sl. No. Section         section/pag Referred Text                                                     Query
                              e
                                     After satisfactory completion of phase – 1, First Intermediate How satisfactory completion of phase-1 will be defined in        The First IAC will
                                     Acceptance Certificate to this effect will be issued by the    quantitative terms for PRIME & AFRES.For example 10 nos.         be issued after
                                     Chief Manager (IT) or his authorized representative            of payslips sucessfully generated for payroll will be treated    successful
       Section 9.0 -
                                                                                                    as sucessful completion of PRIME.                                online
       Methodology
                                                                                                                                                                     processing of all
       to be
  3                      10.3.3/28                                                                                                                                   the modules of
       Adopted for
                                                                                                                                                                     PRIME &
       Execution of
                                                                                                                                                                     AFRES for one
       Project
                                                                                                                                                                     calander month
                                                                                                                                                                     in all units of
                                                                                                                                                                     SECR.
       Section 9.0 -                 After satisfactory completion of the work of migration and its How satisfactory completion of the work will be defined in       Same as above
       Methodology                   acceptance by the Railway Administration, Second               quantitative terms for MMIS, PMIS, OSS, IPMS & COMIS.            for respective
       to be                         Intermediate Acceptance Certificate will be issued by the                                                                       MIS'
  4                      10.4.2/28
       Adopted for                   Chief Manager (IT) or his authorized representative.
       Execution of
       Project
       Section 9.0 -                 The vendor shall provide 02 sets (both hard and soft copies) Requirements not clear                                             It is self
       Methodology                   of procedures and methodology that will be adopted during                                                                       explainatory.
  5    to be             10.4.2/28   execution of this contract, along with the time frame chart for
       Adopted for                   all activities.
       Execution
       Section 14.2 -                The contractor will provide Maintenance and System               Scope of Optimization                                          Optimization will
       Scope of                      support to all hardware and system software and will be                                                                         be as per best
       System                        responsible for the optimization, monitoring and                                                                                industrial
  1    Administratio      (D)/30     administration of complete hardware and system software                                                                         practices.
       n,
       Maintenance
       and Support
                             The Railway reserves the right to appoint consultant/s to      Consultant should submit report well in advance so that   It will depend on
    Section 16 -             provide consultancy to SEC Railway during execution of the acceptance testing can be finished by the scheduled date as   the timely
2   Special        16.3/32   project and to assist the Railway in the acceptance testing. provided in tender specification                            completion of
    Notes:                   The contractor will be bound to rectify the defects as pointed                                                           the work by the
                             out during the currency of the contract.                                                                                 contractor.
Proposal Questionaire

         Client Name:                                                     South Central Railway
         Date:                                                                                                3-Sep

S. No.                       Question                       RFP section                   Response                    Remarks

  1      We understand that all applications except PMIS n/a              It is not redevelopment but only
         are developed in Form 6i & Report 6i. Please                     migration of applications and database
         confirm scope includes re-development of these                   to higher version of Oracle. And
         applications on ORACLE weblogic suite 11g using                  weblogic suite
         J2EE technology?
  2      What would be approx volume of the data to be n/a                400 (Four hundred) GB approximately
         migrated
  3      We assume that applications functionalities will   n/a           Confirmed
         be migrated as-is. Kindly confirm.
  4      Please provide details on integration interfaces n/a             Existing integration interfaces will have
         needed to migrate, if listed applications in scope               to be maintained.
         are integrating with any other application


  5      Please confirm if Hardware procurement in          n/a           Yes
         scope
  6      Kindly confirm if code base of existing            n/a           Acceptable
         applications can be shared with Vendor team, so
         that migration initial activities can be performed
         at offshore (vendor office)

  7      Kindly confirm if data of existing applications    n/a           Only Data Structure may be shared.
         can be shared with Vendor team, so that
         migration initial activities can be performed at
         offshore (vendor office)
                                                                                            M/s ORACLE
                                                                                  Queries
S.No   Section No        Page                         Clause in Tender                                          Clarification Sought                         SECR Response
                        number
                          in
                        Section
 1     1..0, S.No:3       33      Chassis should support N+N redundant hot swappable        Different vendors have different design and architecture. We Accepted
                                  high efficiency power supply with sufficient rating of    (one of the acceptable vendor in this tender) offers blade
                                  support all blade servers and should be supplied with     systems which has redundant power supplies(1+1) which
                                  minimum                                                   are high-efficiency, hot-swappable, load-sharing, load-
                                  2+2 power supplies.                                       balancing power supplies. The power supply modules can be
                                  Chassis should be capable of dynamic power saving with    configured redundantly in an N+N configuration, with a single
                                  capability of required power supplies being powered on    power supply module able to power the entire chassis at full
                                  dynamically                                               load. To further enhance this protection, power grid
                                                                                            redundancy for all of the systems and components in the
                                                                                            chassis can be easily achieved by connecting each of the
                                                                                            two power supply modules to different power grids within the
                                                                                            datacenter. Hence we request SECR to open this clause by
                                                                                            accepting "Chassis should support N+N redundant hot
                                                                                            swappable high efficiency power supply with sufficient
                                                                                            rating to support all blade servers and should be supplied
                                                                                            with redundant power supplies. Chassis should be capable
                                                                                            of dynamic power saving with capability of required power
                                                                                            supplies being powered on dynamically", which also give full
                                                                                            power supply redundancy.


 2     1..0, Sl.No: 5     33      Chassis should be provided with redundant 8 Gbps FC       Every vendor has different design and architecture. We are     External Switch is
                                  SAN switch with minimum 8 ports active and with           one of the top blade server vendor and also acceptable         acceptable. It
                                  necessary external ports to accommodate external SAN      make vendor in this tendor. Our architecture supports          should be provided
                                  storage and tape drive etc. populated with SFP/media      external switch only. We understand that FC/Ethernet           in the same rack
                                  interface module.                                         switches can be internal/external. Kindly confirm.             which houses the
                                  Chassis should be provided with redundant gigabit                                                                        chasis.
                                  Ethernet switch with necessary media interface modules
                                  for connecting all the blades to the LAN.
3   1.2, S.No:1   33   The database server should deliver performance of             All vendors may not have published tpmc for offered          Certification from
                       minimum 1,60,000 TPMC.                                        systems. In this case OEM/Bidder may have to estimate the OEM is required
                       • If the family of Machines does not have the TPMC rating,
                                                                                     value based on published benchmarks on similar category of
                       equivalent bench mark may be offered with self
                       certification.                                                server. These estimates may be mathematical
                       • The OEM should certify in its letterhead that the machine   calculation/extrapolation which may be self certified by the
                       quoted by them complies with the above mentioned TPMC         OEM/Bidder. Kindly confirm.
                       rating. In case of estimated benchmark is not published,
                       the OEM should also provide justification in the form of
                       benchmarking report which should be self explanatory and
4   1.2, S.No:2   34   detailed with their should have Spare sockets for 100%
                       The Blade server bids.                                        Different vendors have different architecture and design.     Accepted. Should
                       scalability.                                                  Our RISC blade servers comes with only single socket with     have provision for
                                                                                     multi-core technology. Kindly open this clause to enable us 100 % scalability
                                                                                     to participate and bid. Open this clause to "The Blade server
                                                                                     should have adequate number of spare cores/processing-
                                                                                     power for 100% vertical/horizontal scalability".

5   1.2, S.No:9   34   Operating System must be certified to run Oracle              We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment)       Operating System
                       Database Software (Oracle 11g or latest version) in RAC       Operating System must be certified to run on present Oracle   must be certified to
                       configurationconfiguration.                                   Database Software i.e. 11g and future releases of Oracle      run Oracle
                                                                                     Database software in RAC configuration. Please confirm.       Database Software
6   1.3, S.No:8   35   Operating System must be certified to run Oracle              We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment)       (Oracle 11g and its
                       Database Software (Oracle 11g or latest version) in RAC       Operating System must be certified to run on present Oracle   latest version) in
                       configurationconfiguration.                                   Database Software i.e. 11g and future releases of Oracle      RAC configuration
                                                                                     Database software in RAC configuration. Please confirm.
Vivek Jain,Trimax IT Infrastructure 7 services Ltd.
                                                                          Queries
                     Page
                    number
S.No Section No                         Clause in Tender                                         Clarification Sought                           SECR Response
                      in
                    Section
  1  Clause 5 - sub  Pg 3 Tenderer should possess minimum SEI-                As the RFP is invited by individual bidder or in consortium /   Consortium /Joint
      clause 5.2 -          CMMi level-3                                      Joint Venture. Please clarify that the lead bidder or any of    venture should possess
       Eligibility                                                            the partner (in case of Consortium/Joint Venture) can           SEI-CMMI Level-3
        Criteria                                                              possess SEI-CMMI Level-3 Certification                          Certification



  2    1.1 Hardware Pg 33 of Same enclosure should be able to support         Request you to include EPIC architecture , along with RISC      The exclusion of EPIC
                       42    RISC, AMD and Intel Xeon processor based         , AMD and Intel XEON . HP has Epic acrhitecture whereas         architecture has been
                             blades. Chassis height should be 10U or          IBM and SUN have RISC architecture. Any exclusion of this       decided keeping in
                             appropriate for support of minimum 8 nos. of     point will be tantmount to limiting the competition             view the present and
                             full height blades and chassis should have hot                                                                   future support
                             pluggable/redundant management module.                                                                           requirement of the
                                                                                                                                              Railways.


  3   1.2 Unix Blade Pg 33 of Processor should be 64-bit RISC based           Request you to include EPIC architecture , along with RISC      The exclusion of EPIC
                        42    architecture.The Blade server should have       . HP has Epic acrhitecture whereas IBM and SUN have             architecture has been
                              Spare sockets for 100% scalability.Processor    RISC architecture. Any exclusion of this point will be          decided keeping in
                              should be of latest generation and highest      tantmount to limiting the competition                           view the present and
                              available clock speed and Cache from                                                                            future support
                              OEM.Processor should have capability of                                                                         requirement of the
                              Hardware partitioning/ Virtualisation.                                                                          Railways.
4   1..0, S.No:3     33   Chassis should support N+N redundant hot                                                                                               100% redundant power
                          swappable high efficiency power supply with                                                                                            supply is required
                                                                                    Different vendors have different design and architecture. We (one of the
                          sufficient rating of support all blade servers            acceptable vendor in this tender) offers blade systems which has
                          and should be supplied with minimum 2+2                   redundant power supplies(1+1) which are high-efficiency, hot-
                          power supplies.Chassis should be capable of               swappable, load-sharing, load-balancing power supplies. The power
                          dynamic power saving with capability of                   supply modules can be configured redundantly in an N+N configuration,
                          required power supplies being powered on                  with a single power supply module able to power the entire chassis at full
                                                                                    load. To further enhance this protection, power grid redundancy for all of
                          dynamically
                                                                                    the systems and components in the chassis can be easily achieved by
                                                                                    connecting each of the two power supply modules to different power
                                                                                    grids within the datacenter. Hence we request SECR to open this clause
                                                                                    by accepting "Chassis should support N+N redundant hot
                                                                                    swappable high efficiency power supply with sufficient
                                                                                    rating to support all blade servers and should be
                                                                                    supplied with redundant power supplies. Chassis should
                                                                                    be capable of dynamic power saving with capability of
                                                                                    required power supplies being powered on dynamically",
                                                                                    which also give full power supply redundancy.
5   1..0, Sl.No: 5   33   Chassis should be provided with redundant 8               Every vendor has different design and architecture. We are one of the top External Switch is
                          Gbps FC SAN switch with minimum 8 ports                   blade server vendor and also acceptable make vendor in this tendor. Our acceptable. It should be
                          active and with necessary external ports to               architecture supports external switch only. We understand that provided in the same rack
                                                                                    FC/Ethernet switches can be internal/external. Kindly                     which houses the chasis.
                          accommodate external SAN storage and tape
                          drive etc. populated with SFP/media interface             confirm.
                          module. Chassis should be provided with
                          redundant gigabit Ethernet switch with
                          necessary media interface modules for
                          connecting all the blades to the LAN.

     1.2, S.No:1     33                                                             All vendors may not have published tpmc for offered systems. In this      Certification from OEM is
                          The database server should deliver performance of         case OEM/Bidder may have to estimate the value based on published         required
                          minimum 1,60,000 TPMC. • If the family of                 benchmarks on similar category of server. These estimates may be
                          Machines does not have the TPMC rating, equivalent        mathematical calculation/extrapolation which may be self certified by the
                          bench mark may be offered with self certification.• The   OEM/Bidder. Kindly confirm.
                          OEM should certify in its letterhead that the machine
                          quoted by them complieswith the above mentioned
                          TPMC rating. In case of estimated benchmark is not
                          published, the OEM should also provide justification
                          in the form of benchmarking report which should be
                          self explanatory and detailed with their bids
    1.2,S No:2   34   The Blade server should have Spare sockets           Different vendors have different architecture and design. Our Should have provision for
                      for 100% scalability                                 RISC blade servers comes with only single socket with multi- 100 % scalability
                                                                           core technology. Kindly open this clause to enable us to
                                                                           participate and bid. Open this clause to "The Blade server
                                                                           should have adequate number of spare cores/ processing-
                                                                           power for 100% vertical/horizontal scalability".

8   1.2,S No:9   34   Operating System must be certified to run Oracle     We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment)     Basic requirement is stated
                      Database Software (Oracle 11g or latest version)     Operating System must be certified to run on present Oracle higher/latest version is
                      in RAC configurationconfiguration.                                                                               acceptable
                                                                           Database Software i.e. 11g and future releases of Oracle
                                                                           Database software in RAC configuration. Please confirm.

9   1.2,S No:8   35   Operating System must be certified to run Oracle We understand that to protect ROI (Return on Invetment) Operating        Basic requirement is stated
                      Database Software (Oracle 11g or latest version) System must be certified to run on present Oracle Database Software i.e. higher/latest version is
                      in RAC configurationconfiguration.               11g and future releases of Oracle Database software in RAC               acceptable
                                                                       configuration. Please confirm.
                          Mathai,Vinod HP.
         Bidding Document
         Reference(s)
         (Section number/
Sl. No. Page)                          Content of RFP requiring Clarification                         Points of clarification                 SECR Response
       1 1.1 Hardware -   Same enclosure should be able to support RISC, AMD        Request you to include EPIC architecture , along with   The exclusion of
         Pg 33 of 42      and Intel Xeon processor based blades. Chassis height     RISC , AMD and Intel XEON . HP has Epic                 EPIC architecture
                         should be 10U or appropriate for support of minimum 8      acrhitecture whereas IBM and SUN have RISC              has been decided
                         nos. of full height blades and chassis should have hot     architecture. Any exclusion of this point will be       keeping in view
                         pluggable/redundant management module.                     tantmount to limiting the competition                   the present and
                                                                                                                                            future support
                                                                                                                                            requirement of
                                                                                                                                            the Railways.
      2 1.2 UNIX BLADE Processor should be 64-bit RISC based architecture.The       Request you to include EPIC architecture , along with Same as above
        ( Pg 34 of 42 )                                                             RISC . HP has Epic acrhitecture whereas IBM and
                         Blade server should have Spare sockets for 100%
                         scalability.Processor should be of latest generation and   SUN have RISC architecture. Any exclusion of this
                         highest available clock speed and Cache from               point will be tantmount to limiting the competition
                         OEM.Processor should have capability of Hardware
                         partitioning/ Virtualisation.

				
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