Today’s topics include IMPRES providing Dell rugged laptops to federal agencies, and the general availability of Microsoft Azure Lsv2 virtual machines.
IT integrator IMPRES Technology Solutions has received a $19 million award to provide standardized, preconfigured rugged laptops to federal customers via the General Services Administration AdvantageSelect program. The awarded multi-agency Blanket Purchase Agreement contract contains a base period of performance of one year, with multiple one-year options available to be exercised at the government’s discretion.
This project aims to satisfy the federal Office of Management & Budget’s mandate to streamline the acquisition lifecycle by reducing the need for multiple concurrent procurements of similar nature.
IMPRES, in partnership with Dell EMC, will provide ordering agencies with ruggedized laptops to aid with mission-critical work activities involving field-related operations.
Microsoft Azure’s latest Lsv2-series virtual machines are now generally available, expanding the range of virtual machines, from general-purpose VMs to high-performance configurations built for a variety of business computing requirements.
The Lsv2-series VMs, which previously were available in preview, feature high throughput, low latency and directly-mapped local NVMe storage, according to Joe Pelley, principal program manager for Azure Virtual Machines.
The Lsv2 VMs are available in a range of sizes using from eight vCPUs and 64GiB of memory up to 80 vCPUs and 640GiB of memory. Performance levels will vary depending on workloads, configurations and the operating system that is used.