Cloud Acquisition Vehicles
Government agencies are increasingly taking advantage of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to reduce costs and add the ability to provision and de-provision computer infrastructure resources in minutes. There is a wide selection of cloud products and services available, along with innovative ways to incur charges for cloud computing such as a consumption-based pay-as-you-go billing model.
Agencies are also taking advantage of modern cloud-based software application offerings, classified as Software as a Service (SaaS.) The best example of SaaS is Email as a Service (EaaS), which replaces on-premises email servers with a complete cloud-based system that needs no on-premises servers. Email users address their mailboxes over the Internet and navigate their email normally.
Cloud SIN 132-40
GSA offers access to cloud business partners through the GSA IT Schedule 70 Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 132-40.
Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 132-40 provides a selection of cloud vendors for agencies to solicit on an exclusive basis. Agencies may solicit only the vendors present on the Cloud SIN and still satisfy their competition requirements. Many of the offerings found on the Cloud SIN are FedRAMP authorized.
The GSA Schedule 70 Cloud SIN 132-40 offerings include:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS);
- Platform as a Service (PaaS);
- Email as a Service (EaaS);
- Software as a Service (SaaS); and
- Labor categories for running any type of cloud project.
The new labor offerings on the Cloud SIN have been reviewed by GSA to ensure they are cloud-specific, including proof of past performance and more.
GSA also offers agencies a free automated market research service. After answering a few questions, a GSA representative will issue a market research solicitation to vendors on your behalf. Then the results will be compiled and deliver a report that includes which government-wide contract vehicles might be best for you. You can even guide this research by specifying any socioeconomic or other requirements you may have.
Contact the GSA cloud experts with any questions about the many cloud acquisition strategies available by using the GSA IT Schedule 70 Cloud SIN. GSA helps agencies navigate the Cloud SIN to acquire cloud services, including providing free scope reviews of draft solicitations. Email the GSA cloud technical and acquisition experts at firstname.lastname@example.org.