Mainframe as a Service is designed to help managers, users and contracting specialists acquire information technology faster, easier and in many cases, with significant cost savings.  After eight years of providing mainframe capacity services to government agencies, the ESCgov/Sirius team now offers Mainframe as a Service on the GSA schedule.  This offering is the first of its kind on any GWAC/GSA schedule and allows IBM mainframe government users to pay for what they use on a per MIP per Month basis.

Government agencies of all sizes continue to struggle with acquiring information technology in a timely manner while insuring their choices produce the maximum value to their stakeholders and to the taxpayer.  Sirius and ESCgov have partnered to help solve this problem for government mainframe customers.

The life cycle for a negotiated procurement in the public sector can take over 12 months.  Given the rapid pace of enhancements to information technology and a lengthy procurement cycle, it is likely the technology will be rendered out of date by the time a contract is awarded. The expense associated with lengthy procurement processes can also be significant.  These challenges have driven Sirius Computer Solutions, in partnership with ESCgov, to create a utility computing model focused on Mainframe as a Service .

In 2005, The Defense Information Systems Agency (DFAS) made a strategic decision to stop acquiring mainframe computers and begin contracting for on-site computing capacity.  In October 2006, DISA awarded a consortium of contractors (Apptis, ESCgov and Sirius) an eight-year contract to provide mainframe computing service for the IBM z/OS and z/VM operating environments.  In the years since the contract began, DISA has experienced lower costs, increased flexibility and easier access to new technologies by converting to Mainframe as a Service.  The team recently won a re-compete for another eight year term.

Highlights of Mainframe as a Service

  • Mainframe computing capacity is provided for a monthly fee, which is based on the amount of capacity the client orders during each month of the contract.
  • The customer increases use (and associated costs) when workloads increase.  The customer decreases use (and associated costs) when workloads are smaller.
  • All systems reside at government facilities, but the contractor retains title to all systems provided.  The government may use operational funds for the monthly service fees.
  • The contractor is responsible for maintaining the systems and providing technology refreshments to the systems as they reach the end of their supported life cycle.

Think of the cost of computing like you think about any other utility bill!  Get what you need when you need it and pay for what you use as you use it.  Put the responsibility for current technology on your services provider and abandon the lengthy procurement process and the struggles associated with appropriating capital funds.

For more information please call: Sarah Mattingly 703-801-4747