VA sets a $225 million deal with HP for Microsoft software

VA sets a $225 million deal with HP for Microsoft software

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $225 million task order to Hewlett-Packard Co. for Microsoft Corp. software for PCs throughout the department.

Under a six-year license, HP will provide all types of Microsoft products, from operating systems and office suites to application packages, HP officials said.

The task order was negotiated under the company's Procurement of Computer Hardware and Software-2 contract. Commonly referred to as Peaches, the PCHS-2 contract was awarded by VA to Compaq Computer Corp. shortly before Compaq merged with HP.

Through the Peaches program, four vendors'HP, GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va.; MicronPC LLP of Nampa, Idaho; and PlanetGov Inc. of Fairfax, Va.'are providing hardware, software and security and wireless services to VA.

'Helping an organization of this magnitude implement the right solution isn't just about hardware. It isn't just about services,' said Jim Weynand, vice president and general manager of HP's public-sector organization. 'It's about applying all these elements to help meet VA's unique challenges.'

The Microsoft license has one base year and five option years.

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