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January 13, 2011
$30 Billion Win

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OK, to be technically correct, HP winning the DOJ’s ITSSS contract doesn’t mean the company gets the whole IDIQ, but it can now bid on whatever task orders come up. Still… “We’ve won contracts with DOJ in the past, but nothing of this scope,” HP VP Mike Finn tells us.

Bill Hewlett and David Packard

We couldn't grab Mike for a photo shoot, so here's Bill Hewlett and David Packard. (We're sure part of them is in every HP employee.) We did talk to Mike, and he says HP strengthened its services offerings the past few years with the acquisition of EDS (obviously the hardware side of the house has seen much success). The ITSSS contract is focused mostly on services to the FBI. Mike says HP wasn’t a prime on ITSSS’ predecessor (SP-CIO2), leaving the company to scramble for partnering opportunities.

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Bill Hewlett and David Packard

Before and after. Mike thinks HP was picked, in part, because of the company’s wide range of abilities, giving it the possibility of bidding on every task order that comes up (not that it'll do that, but it has the capabilities, if it made business sense). As for partnering with HP, Mike says it has some known partners it plans to work with based on past performance, along with some protégés. But he's sure there will be cases where it needs to go outside that group. And a little on Mike: His wife is a native of Ireland and the couple keep a second home there close to her family.

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Data Center Discussion
This morning, we headed to the Bethesda Marriott for AFCEA Bethesda's look at data center consolidation. Here's DHS DCIO Margie Graves, State Department Director of Systems Integration Cindy Cassill, and GSA's Dave McClure. Margie says DHS has two operating data centers (one is a former nuclear bunker, the other a former candy factory) that are 56% and 25% to capacity. She says this year DHS’ main consolidation project will be taking ICE, CBP, US Visit, and CIS applications from a DOJ facility into one of their own. She says the department offers platform, infrastructure, and software as a service (e-mail and Sharepoint as of now): “There is certainly a lot more to come.”
Energy Associate CIO Bill Turnbull, DISA Computing Services Directorate Alfred Rivera and NIST Senior Advisor Dawn Leaf.
Energy Associate CIO Bill Turnbull, DISA Computing Services Directorate Alfred Rivera, and NIST Senior Advisor Dawn Leaf. Alfred offered insight on consolidation challenges facing DoD and new CIO Teri Tekai, mainly getting the department's 772 data centers to a manageable number and then looking for what environments can be virtualized. Bill is dealing with a similar problem: He says Energy can stand up virtual environments faster than the procurement cycle, but still not fast enough to meet agency needs.


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Carpathia's New Digs
Carpathia CEO Pete Weber (not the bowler) with Loudoun County Economic Development's Thomas Flynn and Buddy Rizer.

Also last night, Carpathia Hosting celebrated the opening of its new Sterling office. Pictured here is Carpathia CEO Pete Weber (not the bowler) with Loudoun County Economic Development's Thomas Flynn and Buddy Rizer. Pete says the company just moved its HQ from Ashburn. It had been closer to the company’s data centers, but the new space was needed to manage the company’s growth. Plus, now they're right across the street from the Dulles Town Center.

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