Library of Congress Awards $27 Million (3-Year) Data Center, Migration Support Contract to Accenture
Accenture‘s federal services business has secured a potential three-year, $27.4 million contract to build a new data center for the Library of Congress as well as migrate the library’s current data center to new hosting environments.
The library said it aims to transition its existing Primary Computing Facility data center to a combination of hosting systems, including a shared hosting facility, private cloud, managed co-location services and external as-a-service offerings.
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The Library of Congress’ (Library’s) Primary Computing Facility (PCF) data center is currently on Capitol Hill, a site vulnerable to environmental threats such as weather and earthquakes, but more critically, a prime target in the region for physical acts of terrorism. Additionally, built in the late 1970’s, the PCF cannot provide the level of data center reliability that mission-critical programs and constituents now require. As an “Uptime Institute Tier 1” facility, the PCF has an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) for power conditioning, dedicated cooling and a backup generator for power outages, but no power or cooling redundancy. The current PCF has to be shut down annually during a fire and safety check by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), a practice required because of the threat that the building generators, at the end of service life, will not be able to handle the full data center power demand during required electric- al power maintenance. Each shut down is a non-trivial operation with high risk of hardware failure.The Library will transition its current PCF operations to new hosting models that will include a combination of a shared hosting facil- ity, private cloud, managed colocation services, external managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS), and public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).
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The Library’s contracted services will support desired outcomes, including:
- Documentation of the desired target hosting state that describes the hosting environments, supported IT systems, network topology, and architecture
- Comprehensive planning for migration to the target hosting environments that supports cost-effective, secure, and agile IT manage- ment
- The build of the Library’s new data center to include procurement, installation, and configuration of all network, software, and hard- ware components
- Successful and complete transition of all Library production IT applications, systems, and services out of the PCF and into the selec- ted target hosting environment(s)
- Purchase of required hardware and software to implement the initial buildout of the new leased facility
The contractor shall develop and implement a comprehensive data center migration plan to migrate the Library’s current PCF data center, to a set of hosting environments that will include a new data center geographically removed from the District of Columbia, as well as private and public cloud service environments. The contractor shall conduct all validation of existing data center technolo- gies and planned storage initiatives; migration road mapping; infrastructure and services procurement, installation, and configuration; application rationalization; data and application migration; data center testing; as well as security assessment and authorization support activities.
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