Army Taps GTSI, IBM For High-End Computing Pact

Army Taps GTSI, IBM For High-End Computing Pact

By Jennifer Freer, Staff Writer

AUG. 31 -- The Army Communications and Electronic Command awarded GTSI Inc. of Chantilly, Va., and IBM Corp. of Armonk, N.Y., contracts for its Maxi-Minis and Database-1 program. The contract has a ceiling of $857 million for GTSI and $618 million for IBM.

The two companies now will compete with each other to win business under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, which has a two-year base period with three one-year options.

The companies will provide high-end commercial, off-the-shelf servers, work stations, operating systems, compilers, software applications, local- and wide-area networking, engineering and support services, managed environment support, equipment maintenance, system upgrades, training and leasing.

"This is the largest contract in GTSI's history," said Dendy Young, GTSI chairman and chief executive. "MMAD-1 plays to our strength in the high-end Unix computing environment and affirms our position as a leading provider of integrated, high-end products and services."

The contract was awarded by the Army, but the Navy and the Internal Revenue Service also will be customers. The agencies worked together to develop the terms of the contract, which is open to all federal agencies and includes foreign military sales.

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