No competition for private intell cloud contract

DISA awards $45M contract for large data object storage

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded a $45 million contract to Alliance Technology Group for private cloud services for an intelligence agency without conducting a competition.

In itsjustification document for the no-compete procurement, DISA describes a need for an ISR – intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance – cloud for large data object storage and that Alliance Technology, a small business in Hanover, Md., is the only company capable of meeting the requirements.

Some of the company’s unique attributes include a location with suitable bandwidth, an ability to support all data types, meeting standards and geospatial search capabilities, according to the justification for other than full and open competition document.

Several areas in the justification document are blacked out including the location of the private cloud facility. The ultimate customer DISA is buying the cloud services for also is blacked out.

The document states that DISA wants an ability to store large amounts of data in a secure environment and access it across networks. There is a need to store “hundreds of billions of objects.” DISA can’t provide cloud storage in the Defense Enterprise Computer Centers because of the size of the necessary hardware.

DISA also doesn’t have the funding to buy the hardware or storage facility needed to develop its own large data object storage, according to the document.

Alliance Technology will provide some of the storage with containerized mass storage units. Each will need to be self-contained and sealed so minimum maintenance is required. The containers also can be stacked three high and grouped as needed, the document says.

Before determining that Alliance Technology is the sole-source of the needed services, DISA said it conducted market research and talked to industry about data processing, storage, communications and content delivery.

“The results of the market research identified Alliance Technology Group [blacked out portion of text] as the sole contractor with ability to provide an integrated, secure and geographically acceptable solution,” the justification document states.

According to its website, Alliance Technology specializes in IT infrastructure, cloud computing and professional services. For its modular data center offerings it works with Hewlett-Packard, SGI and IO Data Centers LLC.

The company’s private cloud solutions also meet FedRAMP and ISIMC requirements, according to its website.

Some of the company’s federal contracts include prime spots on SEWP IV, the General Services Administration’s Schedule 70 and a Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center multiple-award contract.

The DISA contract is a blanket purchase agreement for one year, with two one-year options.


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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 Amatuer Lawyer

If anything DISA insider says is true, he/she has a slam dunk Wistleblower suit which protect his/her job status and generates a finiancial award.

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 DISA insider Ft Meade

This is in fact an insider deal between General Ronnie Hawkins and his friend at Alliance IT. No market research was done, and the DISA CAE is ignoring the obvious fraud being committed. DISA is still moving forward with this sole source by turning over the procurement to NSA ARC, an extremely closed procurement shop that has been directed to conduct a two step; 1) establish two BAO contracts that technically needs no requirements that can be challenged. 2) then award sole source task orders to Alliance IT and yottastore, Deloitte, DDN, DELL and MarkLogic who make up the stack. When checking out the original "LDOS Tech Spec" using MS Word properties, the author happened to be the vendor, a serious OCI violation that should prohibit Alliance from receiving any contract. The "deal" happens to be between Retiring AF General Larry James, Gen Ronnie Hawkins, AF Gen Tom McInerney, Gen Al Edmonds and Deloitte's Gen Chuck Wald who made a small $1.5M investment in this drug deal. Someone please call the DOD IG and call out these corrupt government official. Dr. Jennifer Carter and Kathleen Miller are failing to uphold the law and should relate to Fort Leavenworth.

Thu, Jun 6, 2013

I have spent 4 months trying to get a PR package worth $45,000 through contracting. More than enough man-hours to exceed the cost of the actual contract. So, stories like this really make my day. For some mysterious reason, USAF contracting officers don't seem willing to accept Market Research and Sole Source Justifications that say "Trust me. I know what I'm talking about. I can't tell you why I know what I know but, if I you knew what I know, you would accept my justification." Gaah!

Tue, May 21, 2013 John weiler United States

DISA got some heat on this sole source, and decided to compete the requirement via NSA's ARC.

Thu, May 16, 2013

Bob....I guess you haven't been to Utah?

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