BLUE BELL, Pa., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys (NYSE: UIS) announced today that it has been awarded the Enterprise Storage Acquisition task order from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide private cloud-based storage for the agency's information records.
This task order, awarded against GSA's Alliant Government-wide Acquisition Contract, has a one-year base period and nine one-year options and is potentially worth up to $139 million over 10 years, if all options are exercised. It includes pricing for each year based on the IRS's estimate of its storage requirements.
Under the task order, Unisys will initially acquire storage assets now owned and managed by IRS and will manage the more than 7.5 petabytes of storage space currently in multiple IRS data centers and facilities. Unisys will then plan, build, deploy and maintain a new IRS storage environment, transitioning those assets to a private cloud-based storage-as-a-service model in which the agency will pay for storage capacity as needed.
Under the task order, the IRS will pay only for the amount of storage it needs when it is needed, instead of purchasing storage equipment necessary to meet its peak demands."The IRS Enterprise Storage Acquisition program demonstrates how global best practices and innovative approaches can bring significant cost savings to the US federal government and to taxpayers," says Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "As agencies look to achieve more within tightened budget constraints, we expect to see more agencies following the lead of the IRS." About Unisys Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services and high-end server technology. With more than 22,500 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com. Forward-Looking Statements Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. In particular, statements in this release regarding the total value of the task order are based on the assumption that the IRS will exercise all option years, the base year and each option year will continue for its full term and the government will actually utilize the amount of storage it estimated it would use in the task order. If the government uses less storage than it estimated, the contract value will be lower based on actual usage. Further because agreements with government agencies are terminable before the end of their terms and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds, there is no guarantee that each year of the task order will continue for its full term. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. RELEASE NO.: 0726/9118