US NIH chooses Centurylink for hosting

Health institute deal worth a potential US$63m, and expands on current ten-year contract

15 July 2014 by Nick Booth -  -

US NIH chooses Centurylink for hosting
The US National Institute of Health has renewed its hosting agreement with CenturyLink

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen CenturyLink for a colocation contract that is potentially worth up US$63m over a ten-year period.

The first year of the contract will cost $3.2m, with a series of one-year options that could possibly be extended for the next nine years.

The total contract value could be as much as $62.7m, with the colo firm guaranteed a minimum of $19.6m, should contractual obligations be met.

The new agreement is an extension of a previous ten-year contract for the same hosting services that CenturyLink has carried out in the past.

Under the terms of the deal, CenturyLink will provide colocation, network connectivity and disaster recovery services to the NIH Center for Information Technology and its National Library of Medicine.

CenturyLink's Tier III data centers have a FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) rating and it is currently rated 42nd on Washington Technology's 2014 Top 100 list of federal government IT contractors.

Centurylink has 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. In March it announced increased investment in cloud services as it planned to expand public cloud data centers from nine to 13 locations in 2014.

The National Library of Medicine, located on the NIH campus, claims to be the world's biggest medical library with information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

It also coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that provides access to health information in communities across the US.

The NIH Center for Information Technology manages the agency's IT resources, which include operating the NIH computer center and providing data processing and technical services to more than 40,000 users in NIH, the US Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies.

"CenturyLink will help NIH to supply important medical information and research services to thousands of communities and registered users," Lisa Bruch, CenturyLink’s acting senior government VP and general manager, said.

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