Status Report

NASA Solicitation: Data Efficiency and Containerization

By SpaceRef Editor
July 16, 2014
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Synopsis – Jul 16, 2014

RFI Attachment – Details Regarding Approaches – Posted on Jul 16, 2014 

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNH14000000L

    Posted Date: Jul 16, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 16, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Jul 30, 2014

    Current Response Date: Jul 30, 2014

    Classification Code: D — Information technology services, incl. telecom services

    NAICS Code: 541519


Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.P, Greenbelt, MD


This notice is a Request for Information (RFI) and is not a Request for Proposal (RFP). The Government will not award a contract on the basis of this notice, or otherwise pay for information solicited by it. Proprietary information should be clearly marked. The requested information is for planning and market research purposes only and will not be publicly released. In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.201(e), “RFIs may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.”

As such, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is issuing a RFI in order to evaluate options for energy-efficient data centers to supplement or replace existing data center solutions. Interested parties are invited to submit a statement of capability outlining past work that is related to this requirement. Your capabilities statement shall not exceed five (5) pages total (Times New Roman, Font 12, one inch margins), excluding the cover page.

In addition, NASA GSFC is specifically looking for information on three distinct approaches: one representing short term actions, the second being an interim transitional stage and the third a longer term strategy. The three strategies are as follows:

1. Data Center (DC) retrofit technologies and solutions with high Return on Investment (ROI) as short term, interim measures

2. Individual stand alone, high ROI containerized DC solutions that meet criteria for two distinct use cases

3. Modular containerized DC solutions, again with high ROI, in order to establish a longer term strategic DC plan

In all cases, the ability to meet Federal Data Centers Consolidation and Green mandates are extremely important. Additionally, the vendor must be able to provide data and substantiate ROI projections with actual metrics and/or case studies (Consult Attachment A for the details regarding the three (3) approaches).

Separate from your capability statement, your responses to the three strategies shall not exceed ten (10) pages in total (Times New Roman, Font 12, one inch margin).

The information provided in your responses to this RFI may or may not lead to a posting of a solicitation. Any information used will be on a non-attribution basis. Restrictions that would limit the Government’s ability to use the information for these purposes are of limited value to the Government and are discouraged. Respondents will not receive feedback on the information obtained through this RFI process.

RFI responses must be directed to the point of contact listed below and submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on TBD. Responses should be submitted via e-mail.

NASA is seeking capabilities from large businesses, as well as from small, small disadvantaged, small disadvantaged veteran-owned, and women-owned small businesses for the purposes of determining the appropriate level of competition.

In addition to the aforementioned, responses shall also include a cover page that includes the following (limited to 1 page, formatted as above): name and address of firm, size of business, average annual revenue for past 3 years and number of employees, ownership, whether business is large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, small, small disadvantaged veteran-owned (SDVOSB), and/or woman-owned; number of years in business; affiliate information: parent company, joint venture partners, potential teaming partners, prime contractor (if potential sub) or subcontractors (if potential prime); and point of contact – position, address and phone number.

When responding reference NNH14000000L. Comments shall be forwarded to Cedric M. Mitchener via electronic transmission or by facsimile transmission.

This RFI is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information submitted in response. Respondents will not be notified of the results.

NASA Clause 1852.215-84, Ombudsman, is applicable. The Center Ombudsman for this acquisition can be found at .

The RFI and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet cite for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments, if any.


Point of Contact

    Name: Cedric Maurice Mitchener

    Title: Contracting Officer

    Phone: 301-286-2142

    Fax: 000-000-0000


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