The state Department of General Services (DGS) has chosen 17 contractors for Mandatory Statewide Contracts for use by state and local government to buy data center equipment.

DGS’ Procurement Division awarded to these contractors after evaluating their competitive responses to administrative requirements and cost factors. Bidders competed to be designated to sell in 19 different product “OEM (original equipment manufacturer) silos” (five of which are in protest). Some contractors won in multiple silos.

The bids they submitted weren’t for any existing or planned projects; bidders were given a set of criteria and requirements and were judged on their responses.

The product OEM silos and the awarded contractors are:

Arista Networks: Enterprise Networking Solutions Inc. (ENS-Inc)

Commvault: Presidio Networked Solutions Group; Impex Technologies; Insight Public Sector

Dell EMC: Technology Integration Group; Kovarus

Extreme Networks: EYEP Solutions (SB*); ENS-Inc

Fortinet: SLED IT Solutions (SB*); EYEP Solutions (SB*); Golden Star Technology

HPE: Entisys Solutions, DBA Entisys360; NWN Corp.; CDW-Government

IBM: Direct Systems Support

Juniper: Castro International Consulting (SB*, DVBE**); Dynamic Systems; InterVision Systems

Lenovo: ENS-Inc

Luminex: Entisys360

Nutanix: Roundstone Solutions (SB*); Presidio Networked Solutions Group; Insight Public Sector

Oracle: Dynamic Systems

Palo Alto Networks: ENS-Inc

StorageCraft: Entisys360

The big winners: ENS-Inc got the award in four silos. Entisys got the award in three; and Presidio, Insight, Dynamic and EYEP all won in two. 

The state will make additional awards for Cisco, F5, NetApp, Pure Storage and Rubrik once the protests for those silos are complete.

*SB is a small business

** DVBE is a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise

Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:20 a.m. March 20 to include EYEP among the multiple-award winners.