We just announced that CenturyLink has been awarded all sections of the NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Contract. This is exciting news. Being part of this contracting vehicle makes it relatively simple for state and local procurement officers to engage with us through a Participating Addendum for a wide range of cloud computing solutions and managed services. These include services like Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
It’s truly an honor to be included in the group of vendors who meet the State of Utah and NASPO ValuePoint’s standards. NASPO ValuePoint comprises a unified cooperative which aggregates the government procurement power of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the organized US territories. The goal is to spur the creation of innovation and competition in the marketplace.
The NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Master Agreement was awarded by the Lead State of Utah, Division of Purchasing on behalf of 35 participating states, but is also open to other states and local government jurisdictions within each state. By receiving the master award we can work with any state or local official in the United States to develop a Participating Addendum, which once approved by the appropriate state official/s will permit the state or local government to purchase Cloud Solutions included in the Participating Addendum.
To win the Master Agreement, CenturyLink had to submit a comprehensive response to a Request for Proposal (RFP). The goal of the process was to obtain outstanding value for government agencies and “political subdivisions” such as school districts. CenturyLink is offering more favorable pricing than could be obtained on an individual basis. The contract vehicle pricing is based on the collective volume of potential purchases by numerous state and local government entities.
The 10-year Master Agreement resulting from the RFP process provides participating entities access to cloud services that meet the definition of cloud computing according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Essential Characteristics. These include the three NIST Service Models, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.
We offer a wide range of cloud and managed services. Some of our cloud managed services for government include Microsoft Active Directory-as-a-Service (SaaS), Microsoft IIS and Apache Tomcat J2EE (PaaS) and Microsoft SQL Server-as-a-Service (DBaaS), Cloudera/Hadoop in the cloud and many more. We also own our own network, one of the most important elements of delivering a reliable, secure cloud service.
Our breadth of cloud offerings makes it possible for government agencies to find solutions where they can save money and gain IT efficiencies on a basis that fits their unique needs. For instance, a smaller department might save on its IT budget by placing its Microsoft Active Directory in the cloud. That way, they could enjoy the access management and security features of the Active Directory software without having to maintain a physical Active Directory server on their premises. Alternatively, an agency that wanted to do big data analytics using Hadoop software could leverage our Cloudera service and take advantage of massive data analysis scale without making any capital investment in infrastructure to do so.
CenturyLink has extensive experience in the government sector. We work closely with the thousands of state and local government agencies as well as the Federal government, school districts and universities. Our government clients leverage us for cloud computing, network services, voice and data and beyond. In addition to participating with NASPO ValuePoint, we are on other government procurement vehicles, such as MiTCA, the Quilt and GSA Schedule 70.
Learn about CenturyLink’s government offerings today.
You may also find out more information about NASPO ValuePoint and this award on NASPO ValuePoint’s website.