The U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded a $12 million, five-year contract to Electronic Data Services Corp. to streamline five agency data operations into a single data center.
The funding covers the design phase of the transition plan. FDA said it wants EDS to consolidate more than 300 terabytes of storage, 100 network and security devices and 525 servers. Plano, Texas-based EDS, bought by Hewlett-Packard Co. in August, will host the new data center for the duration of the contract period. EDS manages Medicaid information services contracts in several states and provides outsourced computer services to Medicare and the Defense Department as well.
The contract came out of the FDAs new Information Technology for the 21st Century program, designed to support the agencys public health efforts by modernizing computing capacity and infrastructure and establishing a standardized approach to IT services. The FDA has $2.5 billion in the program to award contracts.