State turns to CDW-G for major desktop PC refresh

The State Department has awarded CDW Government Inc. three contracts totaling more than $13 million to deliver about 16,000 Lenovo desktop computers and third-party components to the agency. The PC procurement is the department's largest to date.

Under the contracts, CDW-G will supply large-format LCD displays and integrated specialized networking and storage components required by the State Department's Global Information Technology Modernization initiative.

The program provides lifecycle computer upgrades and ensures that classified and unclassified systems incorporate new technology developments for computers in the department's overseas and domestic offices.

For the modernization program's desktop refreshment, under two contracts worth about $11.7 million, CDW-G will furnish more than 15,000 Lenovo ThinkCentre M51 desktops and large-format LCD displays. For the advanced desktop refreshment, worth about $1.4 million, the company will deliver nearly 1,000 Lenovo ThinkCentre M51 mini-towers integrated with gigabit Ethernet communications and high-performance hard drives along with large-format LCD displays.

CDW-G is integrating and shipping the systems in stages over a six-month period, delivering about 500 units to the State Department each week through mid-April. The company's services include managing a 10 percent emergency response inventory and enhanced warranty service program.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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