GSA’s cloud services RFP released

Tuesday - 5/10/2011, 5:36pm EDT

The Fed Cloud Blog told you it was coming. Now, the General Services Administration has officially released its request for quotation for e-mail, office automation and electronic records management cloud services.

Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports the cloud contract has a ceiling of $2.5 billion over five years.

The important dates to remember? Vendors must submit bids by June 19 through the EBuy system. Questions about the RFQ should be submitted by May 20.

“Email-as-a-service is about amplifying the use of cloud computing,” said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson last week during TechAmerica’s CIO Survey conference. “Agencies will be billed for services based on the number of mail boxes used. Cloud providers maintain the infrastructure. The return on investment comes in less than two years.”

Cloud computing has become a major IT initiative in the Obama administration. Federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra says there are $20 billion in systems across the government that could move to the cloud.