NASA enlists HP in multibillion-dollar tech contract

Up to $5.6 billion in hardware may be provided for U.S. federal government agencies over the next seven years.

HP announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide a range of hardware for federal government agencies. This includes desktop PCs, workstations, and blade PCs enabled to run Unix and Linux operating systems; as well as printers and servers.

The contract lasts seven years and may be worth up to $5.6 billion for HP. It's known as Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement IV (SEWP IV) and aims to offer any federal agency--not just NASA--low prices, minimal surcharges, and efficient ordering procedures.

Previous SEWP contracts with NASA, the first of which was inaugurated in 1992, were worth a total of $620 million.

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