HP awarded U.S. Army contract for cloud computing

HP Enterprise Services on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise cloud computing services under the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2).



HP Enterprise Services on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise cloud computing services under the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2).


The APC2 is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ) award with a $249 million ceiling over a one-year base period and four one-year options. The Army divided this contract to acquire enterprise cloud computing services in two suites. HP (Palo Alto, Calif., USA) has been selected to provide services for both suites.


The first suite will use private cloud computing capacity for commercial or government-owned buildings. The second suite will utilize mobile, containerized data centers for contingency operations or when rapid or temporary cloud computing is needed. For example, HP Performance-Optimized Data Centers (HP PODs) can be deployed into overseas tactical situations or as flexible additions to U.S.-based computing solutions, says the company.


With the Department of Defense facing new technical, security and budget challenges, the new contract will help the Army utilize industry capabilities via cloud offerings, says HP.


Under the terms of APC2, HP will team with partners, including 10 small businesses and Alabama A&M University, to provide a wide range of critical services. Available for both fixed and deployed locations, these services include network connectivity, information assurance, certification and accreditation support, application migration, private cloud operations and maintenance, supply chain risk management, service support and service delivery.