HP wins big NASA contract

HP wins big NASA contract

Summary: Hewlett-Packard was awarded a seven-year $5.6 billion contract by NASA to deliver technology to other U.

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Hewlett-Packard was awarded a seven-year $5.6 billion contract by NASA to deliver technology to other U.S. federal agencies.

Under a NASA contract--dubbed the unwieldy NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) IV Class 5--HP will offer desktops, workstations and Linux and Unix blade PCs, servers and printers. The amount of gear to be delivered is indefinite.

Through the NASA SEWP contract the government's agencies can buy HP gear. For instance, the Department of Veteran Affairs uses NASA's template. In a statement, HP said the NASA contract guarantees U.S. General Services Administration schedule prices, low surcharges of 0.6 percent with caps of $18,000 for orders topping $3 million and personalized order tracking and support.

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  • look ma, no Windows

    nt
    ruped24
    • They do use Windows desktops

      This is more for the big iron stuff that need real time calculations. And that's been done in NASA on Unix systems long before Windows was even dreamed of, so I'm sure backwards compatibility gives Unix/Linux a major advantage over Windows even without looking at raw performance/price ratios.
      Michael Kelly
      • RE: They do use Windows desktops

        disclaimer: This is by no means to start a flame war, M$ vs FOSS

        ..the case in point is... the acquisition was all *nix.
        A desktop refresh is on the horizon.
        ...they may move to thin clients, who really know but them...
        Once the backend is in place, the desktop is the final frontier.

        In conclusion:
        ..the push for Linux on the desktop is less about Linux and more about freedom and open source tools.
        ruped24
        • Hp exec Q&A

          http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9016294&intsrc=hm_list
          ruped24