HP Lands $249 Million U.S. Army Private Cloud Services Contract
Vendor partners with small business to fulfill contract for private cloud services and transportable data centers.
Hewlett-Packard Co. said that it has landed a $249 million contract with the U.S. Army to provide cloud services to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in support of a wide-ranging data center consolidation.
Under terms of the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2), HP is tasked with supplying enterprise-class cloud services over a one-year period followed by four one-year renewal options.
To fulfill the contract, the vendor will partner with small businesses and Alabama A&M University to deliver network connectivity, information assurance, certification and accreditation support, application migration, private cloud operations and maintenance, supply chain risk management, service support and service delivery. The services will be provided both for fixed and deployed locations.
HP’s small business partners for the contract include By Light Professional IT Services Inc., Column6, Government Works Inc., Indigo IT, Information Gateways Inc., iZ Technologies, MTC Integration, Oxley Enterprises Inc., SMS Data Products Group Inc., The Experts Inc., Trace Systems and Zenetex.
All of HP’s small business partners for the contract either are owned either by veterans, service-disabled veterans or women, according to HP’s website.
Heavyweights such as Acentia, Akamai Technologies, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brocade Communications Inc., CenturyLink, KPMG LLP, Microsoft Corp., NetApp Inc., Oracle Corp., Red Hat Inc., TEKsystems and others are also listed as members of HP’s fulfill team.
“A highly flexible and innovative contract, along with reliability and scalability for long-term needs, is important for the Army and our federal clients,” said Marilyn Crouther, HP Enterprise Services senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector.
The first of the contracts two tracks calls for the Army to harness private cloud computing capacity for commercial and government-owned buildings to save money. A second suite involves the deployment of HP’s Performance Optimized Data Centers (PODs) in unforeseen circumstances such as overseas tactical situations or as flexible additions to U.S.-based computing solutions.
HP’s PODs, as specified for military deployment, are modular, 20-foot, transportable data centers that can be designed, delivered and deployed in a fraction of the time required for traditional data centers.
Crouther said that HP’s experience with the Army and Department of Defense makes it “uniquely qualified” to help the Army achieve its IT objectives.
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