C2 2018-2019


Are the SFP+ ports for the firewall single-mode or multi-mode fiber, and what distance should they support?

The SFP+ ports for firewall need to be multi-mode and support distance 30 meters or less

Are the 1G interfaces for the firewall copper or fiber?

TBP will accept bids for both copper and fiber, but SFP ports will need a matching quote for SFP to RJ45 connection

Are the ‘Cisco N9K-C93180YC-EX or equivalent’ ports single-mode or multi-mode fiber


Are the QSFP to 4x10Gbp breakout cables single or multi-mode fiber


What is the full scope of any/all installation that may be required?

For all work under the Shared Services section, the design and configuration of equipment is a required component. Due to the care that must be taken in preserving NAT rules, public IP/DNS transitions, and ensuring all traffic entering the Panola NOC can reach resources hosted in the Central Admin NOC - TBP is requesting responses for building a formal SOW document with an associated BOM to achieve the desired NOC configuration. Physically racking and stacking equipment can be included in installation proposals but TBP may elect to not purchase those services.

For all Site Specific work, TBP is accepting responses for racking and stacking services only. This includes installation of new racks and physical installation of all switches and UPS systems as well as mounting new AP's.

Will LR breakout cables work for the QSFP to 4x10G breakout cables?

TBP is accepting proposals on any breakout cables that support 4x10G throughput over distances of 9 meters or less. Proposed breakout cables must be compatible with equivalent switches in the site specific services (ex. Cisco C9300’s).

Do you need Short range or Long range 10G transceivers?

All 10G transceivers are short range except for Pafford where we are requesting 4 long range transceivers.

New Panola Campus: Do you need any network modules for uplinks?

TBP would like to utilize multiple QSFP to 4x10 SFP+ breakout cables for uplinks. Equivalent proposals will be accepted but must include all cables, modules, and transceivers necessary to support 1 uplink per site specific switch. For Panola – this means 6 - 10Gb modules and 6 - 10Gb cables.

QSFP breakout cables have to go back to a 40G fiber port on the switch. At Panola you are requesting a 9300 mGig switch, which is 10G copper ports, not 40G fiber port so that is not compatible without a 2x40G network module. Where were the other ends of the breakout cables intended to connect to?

At the New Panola Campus we are requesting a N9K-C93180YC-EX under the Shared Services section. We will be terminating the QSFP end to this switch or equivalent with 10G breakouts to the 9300’s or equivalent. The ends of the breakout cable will connect to the 6 requested switches for the New Panola Campus.

The AIR-AP3802I-B-K910 is a 10 AP pack so just confirming if you want qty 31 or qty 310?

All quantities listed for AIR-AP3802I-B-K910 are representative of 1 access point. A line listing quantity of 31 means TBP is asking for 31 total access points.

10th Street Campus (Elementary School): the SFP+ to10GBase-T module, would a TwinAx cable suffice? If so, what distance?

Yes - 3 meters.

Is the SFP-10G-S request is for the Short Range 10G transceiver?


Will a wireless site survey be performed?


What are ceiling heights?

10 feet except for 10th Street Church. That building has 7 foot ceilings.

What are walls made out of?

Standard drywall construction at all locations except for 10th Street Church. That building has walls made of plaster with metal mesh.

Are their preexisting core holes already in place between floors (specifically Panola Campus between floor 1 and floor 2)?

No – the building has not been constructed yet. At all other sites with a 1st and 2nd floor there are existing core holes.

Are these data terminations going into Cubes? If so are we installing biscuit jacks or data punch-ins provided by the cube manufacturer?

Data terminations should go to a fully modular patch panel (ex. Leviton 49255-H48) with snap-in jacks color coded to match the color of the drop itself. The patch panels themselves will sit inside of existing 4 post racks or in the requested Chatsworth Enclosed Server Racks (39047-CAC). All station/wall terminations should be in a modular faceplate with snap-in keystone jack inserts matching the color of the drop.

Is Proposal Section C the same as the response form?

Yes - filling out the pricing form will comply with the requirements of Proposal Section C.

Can Trinity Basin provide the pricing form in Excel format?

Yes - please click here to download.

Are you only requesting buyback of the Fortigate?

No. We are requesting buyback of the Fortigate 500D (Serial#FGT5HD3916803300) and Cisco 5508 WLC (Serial#FCW1510L07D). We would accept proposals for buyback of our existing access points: 43 AIR-CAP3602I-A-K9's and 22 AIR-CAP3502I-A-K9's.

Are all sites standard drop ceiling and dry wall construction?

Yes with the exception of 10th Street Church. That building has 7 foot high ceilings with hard top ceilings and walls made of plaster on wire mesh.

What is the full scope of work for cabling 10th Street Church?

We are asking for toning/identification of 31 drops spread across 3 different locations within the building. After identifying what the 31 drops lead to we would like new Cat6 cable to be rerun in their place - terminating to the same station end while being terminated into one of the existing IDF cabinets. The overall goal of the project is to take our 5 IDF's (see Campus Maps diagram) and condense this down to 2 IDF's.

Is this a partial or full upgrade of your wireless network?


Can you shed some insight into why Cisco Systems is a preference for you? What features and functionality stood out?

TBP is asking for Cisco products in the RFP but is accepting equivalent responses from any manufacturer or solution that can provide the desired functionality outlined in the RFP document. 

How much of your bandwidth are you utilizing?

Circuit utilization reports show bandwidth usage around 250 Mbps on our DIA circuit with peak times seeing 450 Mbps. While the utilization is low – this has largely been due to a poor infrastructure and lack of reliability in the network causing education to avoid bandwidth heavy tasks. After performing network upgrades at 2 of our sites this summer we have seen gradual increases in circuit utilization at those sites. We expect the bandwidth needs to increase dramatically especially as we upgrade our 2 middle schools.

How much growth do you expect during the next 1, 2, 3 years?

TBP’s current enrollment is 3,160 student and we have seen an average growth rate of 14% yearly to our enrollment numbers. We expect that trend to continue.

In general terms, what are your requirements for the firewall? Would you like instantaneous redundancy (high availability)?

Please see the RFP for details around the firewall requirements and we would be happy to answer questions about the specifics of those requirements. We are seeking a firewall solution that allows for an active/active, high availability deployment.