As researchers in multiple disciplines explore the untapped potential of quantum technologies, some distinct patterns of usage are emerging. With fully useful capabilities still several years off, experts are weighing the breakthroughs that may come. One key point is that the advanced applications that will come with quantum computing will define the state of the art in future years.
Dell Marketing LP, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded an estimated $231,170,000 firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement (BPA) in accordance with the firm’s General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule contract. This agreement will provide VMware brand-name software licenses, software maintenance and services to the Department of the Navy (DON). The products will meet the following functional capabilities: data center and Cloud infrastructure; networking and security; storage and availability; Cloud management; network functions virtualization; digital workspace; desktop and application virtualization; and training.
Under a $49,730,000 award, Carahsoft Technology Corp. of Reston, Virginia, is continuing to supply, under a blanket purchase agreement, VMware software maintenance and new VMware software licenses to the Navy. This contract modification increases the estimated value of the BPA from $42,970,000 to $92,700,000. The BPA does not obligate funds. However, firm-fixed-price orders will continue to be placed against the BPA using primarily operations and maintenance (Navy) funds. This increase in estimated value is supported by a limited source justification in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The BPA is in support of the Department of Navy’s Enterprise Software Licensing initiative.