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.
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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.