Looking at the specification PDF they appear to be after a rack or so of servers running OpenStack or something like it — the parts that caught my eye:
Computing resources and Virtualization must be based on well-
known and trusted hypervisor technologies. (eg ESX, KVM, XEN etc)
The initial system performance shall be comparable to:
- 32 nodes with 64GB RAM and 24 or more Intel cores each.
The initial system shall have a minimum storage volume of 1PB in at least two different types of storage:
- Tier 1 “High Performance” storage with a file copy / write speed of 150MB/s or better.
- Tier 2 “Normal Performance” storage with a file copy / write speed of 40MB/s or better.
The initial balance of the different storage types will be:
- 10% of the storage having “high performance”
- 90% of the storage having “normal Performance”.
The Cloud Management software shall allow to programmatically interface to the platform via well documented APIs (for example OpenStack API, VMware VSphere API).
We don’t have capacity to bid for something this big either. On the subject of OpenStack, I read this yesterday.