Gateway wins new BPA with DLA

Gateway wins new BPA with DLA

The Defense Logistics Agency has entered a four-year blanket purchasing agreement to buy desktop and notebook PCs from Gateway Inc., an arrangement that already has saved the agency $1.3 million.

The agency changed its policy to mandate that its 500 sites purchase PCs through this agreement. It covers Gateway's E-4100 and E-6100 desktop models and the 200E, 450E and 600E notebook models. The company will also offer technical support and its Web-based Asset Management service for IT managers who want to track their systems.

Both of the desktop models house 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors. The E-4100 series includes 128M of memory and 40G of storage. The E-6100 model has 256M of RAM and an 80G hard drive. The notebooks have Centrino-based Intel Pentium M processors, memory up to 512M and storage space up to 40G.

Agency officials said they maintain more than 31,000 PCs for their staff, upgrading notebooks every three years and desktops every four years.

Since the award, which was announced last week, DLA has purchased $3.8 million worth of hardware for day-to-day employee use.

'Previous PC purchases were accomplished through multiple contractual vehicles with various manufacturers and resellers,' said Chad Craner, DLA's enterprise licensing official. 'This allows DLA to capitalize on its purchasing volume to receive deeper discounts and pricing while standardizing its configuration management.'

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