IBM nabbed a big cloud contract with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI) that will run over the next 10 years and could include a healthy dose of IBM AIX Cloud.
IBM nabbed a big cloud contract with the United States Department of the Interior (US DOI). The DOI is launching a decade-long transformation of their information technology (IT) systems to a cloud computing model, and as part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract -- valued for IBM up to $1 billion -- the DOI may use IBM cloud computing technologies, services and hosting as the foundation of their next generation infrastructure, IBM reports.
IBM's solution for the DOI is based on the company's secure and high availability Federal Data Center capabilities using open computing and process standards. If all goes well, the DOI will leverage IBM expertise in data storage, secure file transfer, virtual machines, database, web hosting, development testing and SAP Application Hosting. The department will also be able to tap IBM's Smart Cloud for Government hosted at the IBM Federal Data Center, the Smart Cloud for Enterprise (SCE) commercial offerings, and IBM's "very cost competitive IBM AIX Cloud," IBM says.
"IBM has been delivering trusted and secure cloud services to business and government clients for decades, and working with virtualization technologies for more than 40 years," notes Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM US Federal. "Our Cloud offerings are backed by a long history of successful work in hardware, software and services wrapped in world renowned security offerings, unmatched R&D, and secure supply chains. We're committed to infusing these capabilities, proven security and reliability, and leading-edge technology into our work with the US Department of the Interior over the next decade."
Other US government agencies can also gain access to these IBM Cloud solutions via the DOI Foundation Cloud Hosting Services vehicle. The vehicle also allows request for quotes/task orders to be issued on behalf of other government customers including both civilian agencies and the Department of Defense.
DOI is the steward of 20 percent of the nation's land. On 500 million acres are 397 units of the national park system, 556 national wildlife refuges, 21 national conservation areas and 16 national monuments. In addition, the Department is the largest supplier and manager of water in 17 states and oversees 476 dams and 348 reservoirs. Plus, DOI manages the land, subsurface rights, and offshore areas that produce approximately 24 percent of the nation's energy.