General Dynamics has won a contract extension to continue providing the Department of Homeland Security with data center services.
The defense firm’s information technology arm was last week awarded the DHS Data Center 1 Support Services contract, which will see the company provide the DHS with managed hosting and professional services for the department’s DC1 data center, cloud instances, and colocation facilities, for up to 18 months. The contract is worth up to $395.5 million.
According to Government documents, DHS infrastructure sits within Data Center 1 (DC1); a Government-owned, contractor-operated data center located at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
NASA owns and manages the data center facility providing power management, raised floor space, physical security, office space, environmental control, and fire suppression. DHS is one among a number of tenants within this facility; leasing approximately 36,000 sq ft (3,300 sqm) of raised floor space in the data center.
This contract is a stop-gap until the DHS’s new combined data center contract is awarded. In January DHS posted a request for proposals for a potential 10-year, $3.35 billion contract covering enterprise data center, colocation, and cloud-to-hybrid computing infrastructure, known as the Data Center and Cloud Optimization (DCCO) contract.
“[The contract] continues the services required for the management of the Enterprise DC1 on an interim basis until the competitive Data Center and Cloud Optimization (DCCO) contract is awarded in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 and the DCCO contractor is in place.
Last month Leidos won a $2.5 billion information technology and communications services contract from NASA, which included telecommunications, cloud, and data center services across all NASA centers and facilities. The FBI is currently looking for a vendor to manage its five data centers across the US, and Alpha Federal recently won a $20 million tender to provide data center services to the US Geological Survey agency.