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Tracking the Spend: Tech Department’s IT Goods Purchases in May

The California Department of Technology made more than 40 purchases of IT goods last month and spent in the mid-eight figures on its five top buys, which included government community cloud and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program-related technologies.

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The state’s technology department made 43 purchases of IT goods in May and spent more than $54 million on the top five.

The California Department of Technology spent exactly $54,576,222.33 on its five most expensive such buys. Here, with rounding, is what that money paid for, based on data in the State Contract and Procurement Registration System:

  • $50 million to Rackspace for Amazon Web Services infrastructure as a service/platform as a service (IaaS/Paas) public cloud services – “(Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) FedRAMP Moderate — service catalog offerings,” apparently in the area of software maintenance and support fees. This is a nearly two-year contract, from May 17-May 12, 2024.
  • $3 million to Rackspace for Amazon Web Services IaaS/Paas public cloud services – “FedRAMP High — service catalog offerings,” apparently in the area of software maintenance and support fees. A key difference between FedRAMP moderate and high is the higher number of controls with which the latter are required to comply. This contract, too, runs from May 17-May 12, 2024.
  • $569,000 to Crayon Software Experts LLC, most likely for Microsoft Office 365 government community cloud E5 application suites for all language, through Microsoft Volume Licensing. This is a nearly four-year contract, from May 1-March 31, 2026.
  • $507,000 to Team One Networking for Trend Micro’s TippingPoint 8400TX threat protection system and support. This is a one-year contract from May 11-May 10, 2023.
  • $500,000 to Mythics for Oracle “IaaS/Paas public cloud services — FedRAMP moderate — service catalog offerings.” This is a roughly two-year contract from May 17-May 31, 2024.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.