NASA Launches 10-year Governmentwide IT Buy Valued at $20 Billion
March 5, 2013
NASA will run its next governmentwide information technology contract for 10 years, the agency said yesterday in a release of the draft contract, putting the total value of the procurement at $20 billion, based on estimates by analysts.
Like the four previous versions of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V contract vehicle, SEWP V is focused primarily on computer servers, mass storage and networking, but NASA has updated its shopping list to keep pace with advances in technology and agency requirements since 2007, when the previous contract, SEWP IV, was awarded.
Those include a requirement for enterprise level cloud data with 10 terabytes of capacity as well as the use of consumer Blu-Ray video players for data storage equipped with wireless Wi-Fi connections for communications.
NASA also plans to use SEWP V to provide one-stop shopping for mobile hardware such as cellphones, smartphones and tablet computers capable of Wi-Fi and high speed cellular data communications.