recommended reading

NASA Launches 10-year Governmentwide IT Buy Valued at $20 Billion

The mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. // Chris Carlson/AP File Photo

NASA will run its next governmentwide information technology contract for 10 years, the agency said yesterday in a release of the draft contract, putting the total value of the procurement at $20 billion, based on estimates by analysts.

Like the four previous versions of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V contract vehicle, SEWP V is focused primarily on computer servers, mass storage and networking, but NASA has updated its shopping list to keep pace with advances in technology and agency requirements since 2007, when the previous contract, SEWP IV, was awarded.

Those include a requirement for enterprise level cloud data with 10 terabytes of capacity as well as the use of consumer Blu-Ray video players for data storage equipped with wireless Wi-Fi connections for communications.

NASA also plans to use SEWP V to provide one-stop shopping for mobile hardware such as cellphones, smartphones and tablet computers capable of Wi-Fi and high speed cellular data communications.

The SEWP V product portfolio calls for vendors to provide a comprehensive suite of security systems, such as an anti-spamware appliance, anti-spyware software, server level intrusion detection systems, message authentication software, and virtual private network hardware and software.

NASA has 42 vendors on its SEWP IV contract. As of Feb. 4, over 60 vendors indicated an interest in bidding on SEWP V.

Responses to the SEWP V draft request for proposals are due May 3. NASA expects to make awards in May 2014.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.