Systems Made Simple Gets Department of Veterans Affairs Data Center Acquisition Project under T4 Contract [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS), a provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data, and application challenges in the healthcare industry, announced that it has been awarded the Data Center Acquisition (DCAT4) contract from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as part of the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) contract vehicle.
At $715 million, the contract consists of an eight month base period and four 12-month option periods, the Company noted.
"As a service-disabled veteran, I'm honored to be able to support VA and contribute to the improved welfare of our Veterans," said Al Nardslico, President of SMS.
As part of the contract, SMS and its teaming partners are supporting VA's Enterprise Operations (EO) data centers, which include more than 2,000 servers and 200 IT applications. Through DCAT4, SMS will help EO's data centers attract and retain customers by:
-Maximizing cost recovery and establishing data center capacity through the consolidation of information from multiple data centers into one architecture;
-Positioning EO as a leader in cloud computing for VA and other government agencies;
-Serving as an adviser for VA, providing counsel on operation and maintenance of new technology and service centers; and
-Implementing green initiatives in the data centers that help VA minimize its carbon footprint.
"We are honored to be receiving such an integral project under the T4 initiative, and we consider this a monumental event in the history of our business," said Bob Sheahan, Senior Vice President at SMS. "The DCAT4 contract establishes SMS as one of the top organizations within the T4 program and enables us to pursue even more opportunities to support the technology and healthcare needs of Veterans."
The SMS team for this project includes partners Kforce Government Solutions, TEKsystems, Tucker-Rose, CSC, Merlin International, Seawolf Solutions, T-Rex Corp., and Trowbridge & Trowbridge. SMS has 30 days to transition a team of more than 300 employees to DCAT4.
"The DCAT4 proposal was a total team effort," said Ron Fishbeck, CEO of SMS. "I am honored and constantly amazed at the level of dedication, hard work, and professionalism of all the SMS employees and our trusted teaming partners." This is SMS' third win under the T4 program, following an award in July 2011 with the Veterans Service Network Development Services (VETSNET) project and a recent award of the Standards and Terminology Services (STS) project. The T4 initiative is comprised of 15 prime contracts between VA and information technology companies with six awards for Service- disabled Veteran-owned Small Businesses and one for a Veteran-owned Small Business.
Enterprise Operations data centers provide federal agencies with a complete suite of secure IT data center services for applications ranging from routine to mission critical support. These IT services include Service Planning / Architecture, Security Services, Hosting / Monitoring, Business Continuity / Recovery, Application Management, Managed Hosting Services, and the complete suite of IT labor specialists for management of federal systems.
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