RFQ template for SAN implementation

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Help! I've just discovered that I need to implement a new storage solution ASAP. As a starting point, I'm interested in getting my hands on a simple RFQ template for a SAN solution. Is anybody out there aware of such a template and/or can they point me in the right direction. Many Thanks

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Vendors: Sun, HP, EMC.

Info sites: searchstorage.com!
also networkworld.com
storage strategies (http://newsletters.101com.com/btg/n.asp?pc=HWEB11&nl=25,39,41,21 for the newsletter; I think it is collected from the various 101com.com publications like http://www.tdwi.org/ (and tcpmag.com, redmondmag.com etc.

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  • SwaggerUK
    Hi, Sorry for the delay in replying. I have a sanitised RFP doc I can send to you, let me know your mail addr and I will forward it over, but you must be careful not to use it in it's original format. Take what you need from it and create your own doc. It isn't a lite doc but you should find some useful stuff. I think it worth passing on some advice about the non-tech parts of an RFP too... this is what I've done over the years: You must get your requirements nailed, or else your RFP will be comparing vendors which as most people will tell you is difficult, they dont like to do it and most will tell you they can do what others can. Propose the problem and ask for options and opinions, try not to influence the design / solution in the early stages, as you may get some interesting ideas you may not have considered. Once the RFP doc is ready to go (dont forget legal and contractual / commercial dept input), setup some vendor Q&A sessions. The idea here is to allow the vendors to ask you about the questions you've put in the RFP, it clears up any ambiguity and gets you a better quality response :-) Distribute any questions received along with your answers to every vendor so it is an even playing field, unless it is commercially sensitive in some way, e.g. a deal offer. Put together a response template for the vendors to complete and make sure they stick to it! This will save you so much time believe me! They can send supporting info too (they always do) but the main body needs to be in the template. I'd use Excel as it allows you to view the questions along with each vendors responses and make a comparison between them and the requirements. Add a column to put a score in for each response to each question, and a comments column. You may even want to weight questions as some will be more important than others. Make sure you have a review team to help you review the responses from different angles: tech, commercial, biz fit, security, networks etc. Get the review team to fill in the scoring and comments columns, compile and then hold a review session to go over everything and ensure everyone is happy. It sounds like a lot and maybe u arent going to need that much formality or detail, BUT, I've done this a few times and it makes life easier as you have a well rounded analysis, structured and ethical process. Let me know if you have any further questions. cheers, Swagger.
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