A slate of contracts to provide cloud computing services to the Interior Department could add up to $10 billion and help the department save $100 million in information technology costs annually, officials have said.
Interior initially awarded the contracts for cloud storage, secure file transferring, virtual machine operations and Web and database hosting in May. The awards went to 10 companies including Verizon, AT&T and IBM. Interior Chief Information Officer Bernard Mazer has described the contract as a “one-stop shop for all [Interior’s] outside, contractor-supplied hosting.”
The contracts are all indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity — or IDIQ — contracts, meaning the 10 vendors will compete with each other to win 10 specific contracts to provide cloud goods and services, Interior said in the statement Wednesday. Each of those contracts has a maximum value of $1 billion for a total possible value of $10 billion for the entire slate of contracts.