The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for quotations for cloud computing services, including email-as-a-service, office automation and electronic records management.
The Federal Cloud Computing Initiative is partnering with GSA SmartBuy and the Defense Department’s Enterprise Software initiative for the cloud services contracts. The contracts are reported to be worth an estimated $2.5 billion over five years. Multiple contracts are expected to be awarded.
The goal is to deliver email-as-a-service acquisition capabilities via enterprisewide blanket purchase agreements. “The objective of this RFQ is to offer five key service offerings through EaaS providers for ordering activities,” the RFQ states.
The requirements are divided into five lots, including mandatory email-as-a-service, migration and integration services; and optional office automation and electronic record management services.
For each service, vendors have a choice of providing a government community cloud, provider-furnished-equipment private cloud, secret enclave or public cloud.
About the Author: Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer for Washington Technology. Published May 10, 2011 at http://washingtontechnology.com/Articles/2011/05/10/GSA-issues-RFQ-for-cloud-computing-options.aspx?s=wtdaily_110511&p=1