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GSA Awards Government-wide Disaster Recovery Contracts

GSA #9482

April 20, 1998
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Technology Service (FTS) announced the award of governmentwide disaster recovery contracts to Comdisco Continuity Services, International Business Machines (IBM) Business Recovery Services, and SunGard Recovery Services, Inc.�the world's largest and most experienced providers of disaster recovery services for automated information systems. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts have a five-year period of performance and were awarded by FTS's Federal Computer Acquisition Center (FEDCAC). The contracts will be available through FTS to serve all interested government agencies.

These new disaster recovery contracts support virtually every technology platform and business environment�from office-based personal computers, workstations, and servers to mid-range platforms and mainframe systems. The contracts provide for the recovery of local and wide area networks; offer annual test time; technical and operational support; disaster recovery consulting services and automated planning tools; reserved high speed communication circuits; shippable resources; off-site storage of magnetic media; electronic vaulting; mobile recovery facilities; and system resources and consulting services for Year 2000 conversion testing.

Under the new contracts, Comdisco, IBM, and SunGard will compete for individual task orders. Each task order award will be based on the combination of technical and cost factors providing best value to the Government. Competition and best value award will ensure each Government organization receives the best possible technical solution, cost, and service over the life of the contract.

FEDCAC awarded these contracts for FTS's FEDSIM program to replace and expand on the disaster recovery services that have been provided for the past four and one-half years through a government-wide disaster recovery services contract with Comdisco. Under that contract (which expires on September 28, 1998), forty-seven Federal organizations have performed more than 200 test exercises to practice and refine their disaster recovery plans for critical automated information systems and networks. FEDSIM's expanded disaster recovery business line will provide a broader range of services to meet the business and mission continuity requirements of Federal agencies and other government and non-government organizations that process Federal and/or federally-mandated applications.

Under the new contracts, disaster recovery services will be provided for: (1) mainframe computer systems (IBM and Unisys compatible); (2) midrange computer systems (AT&T, Compaq, Data General, DEC, Filenet, HP, IBM, NetFRAM, Pyramid, Sequent, Sequoia, Silicon Graphics, Stratus, SUN, and Tandem compatible); and (3) microcomputer systems (IBM compatible personal computers and local areas network servers).

For more information, contact David Krohmal at (703) 756-4125 or david.krohmal@gsa.gov, or visit the FEDSIM's web site at http://www.gsa.gov/iti.