Army awards Unix server, workstation and software contracts to GTSI, IBM

Unix server, workstation and software contracts awarded to GTSI and IBM

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

AUG. 31—Army officials on Tuesday awarded the Maxi-Minis and Database-1 contracts to GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., and IBM Corp.

The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts replace the Navy Database Machines contracts held by Wang Federal Systems of McLean, Va., and NCR Corp. of Dayton, Ohio, which expire in June and July 2001, respectively, said Mark Corzine, MMAD-1 product leader for the Army Small Computer Program at Fort Monmouth, N.J. MMAD-1 also serves as the follow-on procurement for Litton PRC's Navy SuperMinicomputer contract, which expires in May 2002, he said.

The MMAD-1 contracts have a base period of two years, with three one-year options, Corzine said. MMAD-1 is open to all federal agencies, as well as foreign military sales. IRS and Navy officials helped put out the MMAD-1 request for proposals, as well as the technical specifications, Corzine said. Products sold under the contract carry five-year worldwide on-site warranties.

"It makes sense for [agencies] to come together" because large procurements are costly, and they can get better prices if they work together, Corzine said.

The contracts include 64-bit Unix servers, workstations, operating systems, compilers, software, and LAN and WAN hardware and software. Ordering should begin by mid-November, if no vendors file protests within 10 working days of the Aug. 29 award, Corzine said.

GTSI officials estimated their contract would be worth $857 million if the Army were to exercise all options, but Corzine did not comment on the procurement's estimated value, citing the possibility of a vendor protest. Litton PRC officials have sold more than $1 billion in products and services through their eight-year-old SuperMini contract, through which they've sold Hewlett-Packard Co. Unix products mostly to Army customers [see www.gcn.com/vol19_no15/dod/2165-1.html].

GTSI and IBM beat competing vendors Federal Data Corp. of Bethesda, Md., and Litton PRC, said Lou Kirby, vice president and general manager for Litton PRC's SuperMini program.

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