Postal Service to consolidate servers, improve support

Robert Otto

Henrik G. de Gyor

The Postal Service replaced all of its servers, PCs and notebooks two years ago, reducing the number of servers to less than 4,000 from about 20,000. But now USPS chief technology officer Robert Otto wants to consolidate further.

The Postal Service will release a request this month for proposals to trim the number of Unix servers and improve support for those machines, Otto said.

USPS has about 1,000 Unix servers, and about 1,200 infrastructure and 1,500 application servers, he said last month at a meeting in Washington sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council of Fairfax, Va.

Otto said he also will be looking for help from industry in other areas, such as data warehouse management, systems development, remote device management and IT security. He added, though, that no RFPs for the services are imminent.

Otto also said he would like to move more contracts to service-level agreements at a fixed cost and away from time-and-materials contracts.

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