Dell to provide storage for NMCI project

Dell to provide storage for NMCI project

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

NOV. 22'Dell Computer Corp. will provide the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet project with 2,000 terabytes of storage under a subcontract to Electronic Data Systems Corp.

EDS and Dell declined to release the value of the contract. Dell is a member of the EDS-led Information Strike Force team, officials said.

EDS won the largest federal information technology contract in history in October, claiming a prize that could be worth as much as $6 billion over five years. The contract could be worth as much as $9 billion if the Navy exercises each of the contract's three option years [see
www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/3077-1.html].

If Navy officials choose to exercise each option to add to the contract, the deal could be worth as much as $16 billion, officials said. Some observers have dubbed NMCI the biggest outsourcing deal in government history. Under the contract, small business subcontractors will do about 35 percent of the work.

Dell's contract with EDS calls for it to supply NMCI infrastructure. In addition to supplying enough storage to house the entire contents of all the country's academic research libraries or every printed volume at the Library of Congress, Dell will supply the backbone for eight Navy operations centers, company officials said.

EDS selected Dell to supply desktop systems, notebook computers, thin clients and servers for 66 server farms, Dell officials said. The server farms will be composed of Dell PowerEdge 2450 and PowerEdge 6450 servers and PowerVault storage systems.

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