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CMS Awards up to $15B to Upgrade & Manage Data Centers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded  a number of contracts that could add up to $15 billion in the next 10 years, for the management of its data center operations.

According to a NextGov article, contractors for the “virtual data center operation” indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contracts include Accenture Federal Services, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other vendors.

CMS seeks to operate in a unified way, but wants to keep its data operations dispersed so the agency does not rely on a single vendor.

(Click Here, to read about a new $1 billion MITRE Federally Funded Research and Development Center for CMS.)

The contracts include one base year and nine option years.

The virtual data center initiative is part of a government-wide effort to transition to more efficient information technology hosting.

According to the article, consolidating and updating federal data centers is expected to save the agency $5 billion and moving government computing to the cloud could save $5 billion annually.

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