GSA awards $100M cloud services deal


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The General Services Administration announced Wednesday it has expanded its cloud offerings after striking a $100 million blanket purchase agreement with Aquilent.

The company — a cloud, Web and mobile services provider — will use Amazon Web Services’ cloud for a range of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, “from cloud hosting to cloud managed services to cloud architecture, development, and security, as well as access to Aquilent’s own ‘Olympus Powered by Aquilent’ cloud management portal,” according to a release.

GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, along with 18F, awarded Aquilent the five-year contract in November through a competitive Schedule 70 procurement process.

Through the agreement, any office within GSA can quickly and easily procure cloud services from Aquilent.

“Being able to develop products quickly, and have the ability to scale them up are hallmarks of the agile design process that OCSIT and 18F are implementing at GSA and across government,” Phaedra Chrousos, GSA’s associate administrator for OCSIT and18F, said in a statement. “Having easy access to infrastructure services will dramatically reduce the time to get products in the hands of users.”

Aquilent Chief Technology Officer Mark Pietrasanta said this deal is an innovative model for pushing digital services to citizens more efficiently.

“All of GSA now has easy access to nearly any kind of cloud hosting and cloud managed services necessary to achieve their mission and enhance citizen engagement,” Pietrasanta said in a statement. “Providing better service to our citizens is the bottom-line value, and we’re thrilled to partner with GSA on enabling this through the use of advanced cloud services.”

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