Microsoft, Dell Ink $500M Deal with Air Force
The multiyear deal, a consolidation of multiple support and software agreements with the Air Force, will see Microsoft provide core server software, maintenance and upgrade support, while Dell will supply more than 525,000 Microsoft desktop Windows and OMicrosoft Corp. and Dell Inc. on Friday will announce a significant consolidation of multiple support and software license agreements with the U.S. Air Force into a single enterprise agreement worth as much as $500 million over six years. This multiyear deal will see Microsoft provide core server software, maintenance and upgrade support, while Dell will supply more than 525,000 Microsoft desktop Windows and Office software licenses. The deal, which Microsoft and Dell officials say is one of the worlds largest single enterprise-level implementations in the world, forms part of the One Air Force, One Network initiative and is designed to simplify the acquisition process while meeting demands for stringent enterprisewide cyber-security requirements, timely distribution of software updates and enterprise configuration management.
Under the arrangement, Microsoft will provide core server software, maintenance and upgrade support to the Air Force in a move that overhauls previously decentralized software support contracts into a single enterprisewide support agreement so the software system can be managed and supported much as traditional weapons systems are, Curt Kolcun, general manager for Microsoft Federal, said in a statement released late Thursday night.