Disclosure Details

ICT - 008/17

Dated: 23 Jan 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 3 January 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked: 

I seek the following information about the organisations information technology team and infrastructure equipment:

1. What is your annual IT Infrastructure Budget for 2016, 2017 & 2018?

2. What storage vendor(s) and model do you currently use?

3. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)? (Month/year)

4. When is your planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year)

5. What is your estimated budget for the refresh?

6. What is the capacity of the storage data in TB?

7. The total number of IT staff employed by the organization:

8. Please list and provide contact details for the IT senior management team including  CIO, IT Director and Infrastructure Architects if applicable:

9. Please confirm if you are utilising desktop virtualisation technologies and if so how many users do you provide services for?

10. What backup software do you use?

11. How much data do you backup in TB?

12. Number of servers?

13. What operating system(s) do you use?

14. Number of virtualised servers?

15. What percentage of your environment is virtualised?

16. If you outsource your IT works, please provide who it is with and when the contract started and ends.

17. Please also name all of the IT re-sellers that you work with and buy from, as well as the frameworks that you use for the release of any tenders etc.

18. Please also approximate the time spent managing your IT systems, specifically storage, per week in the unit of man hours. Also approximate the amount of time taken carving out LUNs and/or Volumes.

19. Please list any and all pain points that the IT teams, and organisation as a whole, experience with regard to the storage and usage of the virtualised workloads.

20. How is your storage connected, i.e. via Fibre Channel, Ethernet (NFS or ISCSi). If your storage is currently connected via Fibre Channel, do you have access to 10 GB Ethernet, or 1 GB ethernet, and if so, please declare which.


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the IC&T and HR Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1.  2016 = Revenue £8,384,679  Capital  £6,161,000 .    2017 = Revenue  £8,008,198    Capital   £ 8,742,000    2018 = Not approved yet.

2.  8 x Nimble storage Hybrid SAN,   6 x  QNAP, small NAS box’s

3.  Dec 2015

4.  Dec 2020

5. No information held.  this is not known at this time.                    

6.  630 TB RAW over 8 SAN, the smaller NAS are approx. 8TB RAW

7.  86 headcount .  To note this figure is of 06/01/17.


Ian Woodward, Director of ICT ian.woodward.4518@northumbria.pnn.police.uk, 

Toni Clarence, IS Manager toni.clarance.5409@northumbria.pnn.police.uk ,

Mark Wilkinson,  Infrastructure Service Manager mark.wilkinson.5712@northumbria.pnn.police.uk,

Neil Fraser, Technical Architect, neil.fraser.9358@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

9.  VMWare View, 500

10. Veritas Netbackup

11. 30 TB                                                                        

12. 400                                                                                                       

13. Microsoft, Linux and Solaris

14. 300    

15. 75%

16. NA

17. NP procure via vendors on the Crown Commercial Services and Police ICT Frameworks

18. Storage average around 7 hrs per week, can be more or less depending on projects / issues, ie a disk failure requires someone to drive to site. -Carving LUN’s, average less than 1 hr per week depending on projects

19. Changes in vendor pricing models

20.  FC , ISCSI at 10Gb and 1Gb 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.