IBM has been selected for a $1 billion contract for services intended to support the U.S. Department of Interior’s 10-year transition to a cloud-based, variable information technology infrastructure.
DOI, which has 16 divisions and agencies that spend more than $1 billion every year to manage IT resources, has a five-year target to cut $100 million in annual expenses starting 2016, IBM said Wednesday.
The company will apply technologies designed to work with data storage, information sharing, web hosting and other virtual systems used for business processes and service delivery.
“IBM has been delivering trusted and secure cloud services to business and government clients for decades, and working with virtualization technologies for more than 40 years,” said Anne Altman, IBM’s U.S. Federal general manager.
Work to apply cloud solutions and other IT platforms to databases and network systems is directed towards meeting the needs of the DOI to improve the efficiency and reliability of its operations, Altman added.
DOI will use the contract to provide other departments access to IBM’s federal data center offerings through foundation cloud hosting services that aim to accommodate task order requests from various government customers.