Marine Corps inks deal for Dell computers

Marine Corps inks deal for Dell computers

The Marine Corps has signed a blanket purchasing agreement with Dell Computer Corp. to buy 62,000 notebook and desktop computers this fiscal year.

Slightly more than half of the new Dell systems will be Latitude notebook PCs, said Marine Lt. Col. Bill Harrison of the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va.

Under this BPA, called the Enterprise Sustainment Initiative, Dell will set up the computers, install them and service them, Harrison said.

'They're just replacing our standard desktops and notebooks we have everywhere in the Marine Corps,' Harrison said. In May, the Marine Corps bought 10,000 Dell notebook PCs to replace other systems.

The Dell OptiPlex desktop and Latitude notebook systems will meet or exceed standards for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet project, Harrison said. The computers will run under Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional but will have varied NMCI-compatible configurations depending on their specific use.

The NMCI contract specifies Dell OptiPlex GX240 and GX150 systems for the 'red, white and blue' options on desktop workstations and Latitude C600 notebook systems for portable seats, said Jim Glaze, Dell's strategic agency manager for the Navy and Marine Corps.

When Electronic Data Systems Corp. deploys NMCI sometime next year, the 62,000 notebook and desktop systems will be transferred to EDS, Harrison said.

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