Marines ink $5.5 million order for 2,500 Micron notebook PCs

Marines ink $5.5 million order for 2,500 Micron notebook PCs

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

AUG. 17'Marine Corps officials earlier this month purchased 2,500 notebook PCs in a $5.5 million delivery order.

Micron Electronics Inc. of Nampa, Idaho, is shipping its Transport Trek II notebook PCs to 275 worldwide locations within 30 days, said Al Cruz, the Marines' assistant program manager for common computer resources at Quantico, Va.

Micron won the delivery order over three other vendors that hold blanket purchasing agreements with the Marine Corps Systems Command: Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp. reseller McBride and Associates Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., and Compaq Computer Corp. reseller CompUSA Inc. of Dallas, officials said.

The Marines will receive 600-MHz Pentium III Transport Trek IIs that run Microsoft Windows 98 with 128M of RAM, 12G hard drives, 56-Kbps modems, 24X CD-ROM drives, 10/100-Mbps network interface cards and carrying cases, said Todd A. Smith, a Micron spokesman.

The Marines make quarterly PC and server purchases through BPAs they awarded last year, said Lt. Col. Matthew Ochs, deputy program manager for information technology for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence at Quantico [see story at www.gcn.com/archives/gcn/1999/March29/32a.htm].

The service has purchased 30,000 PCs through the BPAs since Oct. 1, 1999.

'In my opinion, it's been nothing but successful,' Ochs said of the centralized procurement strategies.

Micron won the delivery order in part because it offered next-day replacement notebook PCs for machines that fail, with the same serial number on the replacement PC as the failed PC for better asset tracking, said Tony Colangelo, business development director for Micron's government subsidiary. The Transport Trek II features software that can diagnose problems with the PC and fix or 'self heal' some glitches, he said.

The Marines will also receive at least a year's worth of online training from Micron through the delivery order, Colangelo said.

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