DLA awards IT consolidation contract

The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a $290 million, server and IT infrastructure consolidation contract today to Hewlett-Packard Co.

Under the Enterprise Data Center program, which will run for five base years with five one-year options, Hewlett-Packard will consolidate large numbers of DLA servers, applications and storage into centralized, state-of-the-art facilities, according to Mark Philip, program manager of EDC.

The facilities are aimed at reducing DLA's IT inventory while modernizing its IT infrastucture. Philip said the EDC program would also provide more effective implementation of the agency's information assurance programs enterprisewide.

'With the EDC, DLA is taking a huge step forward for the agency, the Department of Defense, the government and, ultimately, the taxpayers,' Philip said.

DLA headquarters, as well as the Defense Energy Support Center, the Defense Logistics Information Service, and the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, will become the first division to migrate to EDC.

Initial operational capability is scheduled for early next year, with full operational capability set for August 2006.

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