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SPONSORED BY cycle, Smothers says. The products available through NETCENTS-2 are divided into specifi c categories. All are related to networking in some way. The primary categories of products available through NETCENTS-2 are: Networking equipment: Network devices, appliances, switches, hubs, gateways, routers, fi rewalls, bridges, repeaters, wireless networking devices, microwave radios, Land Mobile Radios, satellite communications terminals, adapters, interface cards, multiplexers, VoIP modems, cabinets, converters, test equipment, network security devices and GPS timing systems. Servers and storage: Low-end to high-end servers, operating systems, Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Networking (SAN) devices, hard drive/tape drive arrays, external and optical drives, CD, DVD and tape storage media, portable storage devices, and various JBOD confi gurations. Multimedia: Standalone displays, video devices, DVD/VCR players, video teleconferencing equipment, text and audio devices, devices that produce still images, animation, video and interactive media. Peripherals: Processors, memory modules, video cards, network interface cards, interface adapter cards, cables, power strips, USB hubs, card readers, power adapters, WiFi adapters, faxes, printers, scanners and speakers. Identity Management/biometric hardware and software: Equipment for electronic fi ngerprint images, iris images, facial recognition, hand geometry, speaker recognition, multi-modal biometric jump kit, smart card readers, fi ngerprint readers, palm vein authentication, and PKI/CAC devices. Software: The contract provides shrink-wrapped desktop COTS software not included on other enterprise licenses in the areas of network management and defense, server virtualization, collaboration, security, e-learning, database performance tuning, geo-based, database warehousing and web development, among others. MAKING THE MOST OF NETCENTS-2’S PRODUCT FOCUS While Air Force customers know exactly what they need to satisfy a project requirement or create a complete solution, others rely on vendors to help them choose the right products for their specifi c needs. Using NETCENTS-2 is a good start, since it has 24 contracts with proven vendors with products that meet all Air Force, DoD and federal specifi cations. “The contract is network-centric, so make sure to choose a vendor with network engineers as well as fi eld solution architects and inside solution architects who can help government customers with everything from developing solutions to making sure it will work in their environment and is the best value,” says Harris. “It’s important to fi nd a vendor who can help the agency from solution development through fulfi llment, implementation, maintenance, end-of-life and product refresh.” It also makes sense to choose a vendor with a proven track record in the agency. In some cases, for example, CDW-G fi eld account managers have spent time understanding the customer requirements before they even issue an RFQ. Once the RFQ is posted, CDW-G, as well as other NETCENTS-2 BY THE NUMBERS 20.1: The amount in millions of the largest single task order awardee to date 75: Number of unique contractors awarded tasks through NETCENTS-2 109: The number of task orders awarded by the Army, DHS, Navy and DoD agencies, comprising $10.4 million 166: The number of task orders awarded through the NetOps portion of NETCENTS-2 276: The number of task orders awarded through the Applications portion of NETCENTS-2 645: The number of task orders awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) 6,463: Number of task orders awarded through the Products contract 6,900+: The number of task orders awarded since the fi rst contract was awarded in FY2011 233,000: Dollar value of the average NETCENTS-2 task order Note: all numbers were calculated as of Q1 FY 2016 Source: Deltek contract-holders, can respond appropriately. Whether products, applications or network infrastructure, the best way to get the most value from NETCENTS-2 is to do your homework, says Smothers. “Start by going to the NETCENTS-2 web page at http://www.netcents. af.mil/. Then talk to the technical and acquisition teams to get the information and help you need for your orders.” FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NETCENTS-2 PRODUCTS PLEASE VISIT: CDWG.COM/NETCENTS2 OR CALL 800.808.4239
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