NEW YORK, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Virginia now has a new way to tap into Verizon Enterprise Solutions' comprehensive portfolio of intelligent networking and advanced communications and IT offerings. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency, or VITA, the state's consolidated information technology organization, has awarded the company a spot on a contract that will help enable digital government initiatives.
The multiple-award, competitive contract known as VITAnet has a value of $150 million with a five-year base term and five one-year options. Departments and agencies across all branches of state government, as well as county and local governments, K-12 schools, public and private colleges and universities, and public safety organizations are able to purchase services offered on the VITAnet contract.
"Verizon's advanced network extends to every corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Maggie Hallbach, vice president of government and education markets, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "We have long served the state as a strategic provider and we understand the challenges and opportunities created by a rapidly evolving technology landscape. Our people understand the business of government and we have the resources the Commonwealth of Virginia requires to embrace technology and deliver the promise of digital government by streamlining operations and enhancing the delivery of constituent services."
Verizon will deliver a wide range of network-centric solutions under the VITAnet contract, including the company's comprehensive networking portfolio, as well as managed services, unified communications and collaboration solutions, Internet protocol--based voice services and customer-premises equipment. The contract also offers flexibility to add new services as they become available, enabling the Commonwealth of Virginia to leverage the capabilities offered by advancements in networking and communications, such as software-defined networking and network-function virtualization.
Intelligent networking serves as the foundation of all successful digital government initiatives. In fact, a recent Verizon report on digital transformation noted that 85 percent of IT leaders consider network connectivity critical to achieving business and operational goals.
During 2014, Verizon invested more than $1 billion in its networks, plant and equipment across the Commonwealth of Virginia. During the same period, the company worked with more than 2,400 vendors and suppliers, including 97 minority-, women- and disadvantaged-owned businesses. Spending with all vendors and suppliers totaled more than $459 million.
For information on the advanced networking, communications and IT infrastructure services available to public sector organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia, visit Verizon's VITAnet contract page.
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Kevin W. Irland