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3 more VA data centers to get cloud services

The Department of Veteran Affairs is looking to add cloud services to three more of its data centers.

According to a draft solicitation for a three-year contract for cloud services infrastructure, the VA wants a contractor-managed, highly available, redundant, on-premise, private deployment model that includes infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and database as a service. 

Several VA offices have teamed up to establish the VA Enterprise Cloud, which will  consist of a cloud management platform, a private cloud computing service and one or more VA public cloud environments provided by cloud service providers.

The data centers are in Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, and Martinsburg, W.V.

The contract’s services will include:

  • Design and implementation of the VAPC across three data centers
  • Extending existing service capabilities
  • Architecture, planning, and engineering to integrate the VAPC with VA infrastructure
  • Various support services, such as identity management, change management, and resource management services
  • Hyper-converged infrastructure hardware and software
  • Publication of lessons learned, best practices as guidance for future transitions that the department will conduct.

VA officials will consider any possible set-asides in the request for proposals based on responses to this draft performance work statement, as they determine the availability of service-disabled veteran-owned small business and veteran-owned small businesses.

The VA released the draft solicitation July 18. Responses are due by July 31.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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