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Commodity Internet Bid

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000539917

Bid Title: Commodity Internet Bid

Agency Bid No. Title: AA16-JM-5102

Received Date: 04/12/2016

Close Date: 05/09/2016

Purchase Type: Term:

Delivery Point: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 04/19/2016 05:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:. Bid Summary The University of Massachusetts Information Technology organization (University) is seeking bids for provision of Internet access for the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Internet access is a mission-critical resource for the Universitys faculty, students, and staff. Therefore, to ensure the continued ability of the University to function as a teaching and research institution the University is interested in continuing to connect to two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that will be responsive to the needs of the campus. This bid is being issued for one of two University Internet Service Provider connections. A single 10 gigabit Ethernet link is expected to meet forecast bandwidth demand for the next year. However, during the 2-3 year term of this contract the University expects to upgrade to a 100 gigabit Ethernet link to meet continued bandwidth demand growth. Based on geographical diversity concerns, strong preference will be given to ISP services delivered to the University at one of the following locations in descending order of preference: Node 2 Telecommunications Building, 283 Sunset Ave, Amherst, MA DuBois Library, 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA Lederle Graduate Research Lowrise, 740 N. Pleasant St, Amherst, MA University-leased meet-me room in Building 111 at the 1 Federal St, Springfield, MA technology park. 2.0 University Specifications 2.1 University Requirements The University requires all Bidders to provide or agree to the following with their submission. Bidders submitting offers that do not meet the requirements below shall not be considered. A) The bid response must present per-megabit-per-second-per-month pricing based on the purchase volume ranges from 2 gigabits/sec to 10 gigabit/sec over a dedicated 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection. The bid response must also present per-megabit-per-second-per-month pricing based on purchase volume ranges from 10 gigabit/sec to 100 gigabit/sec over a dedicated 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection. Complete tables are provided in the bid response form section 2.1. Internet service/ISP service costs shall include only monthly recurring per- megabit charges and non-recurring initial ISP service setup charges and shall not include any transport/local loop-related costs. Final interface choice and committed bit rate selected by the University shall depend on the overall cost to the University but shall fall within the ranges specified above.3 of 18 B)The bid response must present all vendor costs related to interconnectivity between the bidders facilities and one of the University-designated delivery locations for the Universitys choice of an initial 10 or an initial 100 Gigabit Ethernet connection. Also, bidder must provide summary of all future charges that would be incurred if an initial 10 Gigabit Ethernet link is upgraded to a 100 Gigabit Ethernet link during the term of this agreement. Interconnectivity costs should include both a monthly recurring charge and all non-recurring one-time charges related to providing connectivity between the vendors facilities and one or more University-designated delivery locations. Monthly recurring charges must cover all for cross connect fees and other recurring bidder expenses incurred as part of maintaining interconnectivity. One-time non-recurring fees must cover all bidder costs related to establishing connectivity to the chosen University-designated location including pathway construction and fiber-optic cable installation. These monthly recurring and non-recurring charges shall be outlined in the tables provided in the bid response form section 2.1 for each range of Internet service speeds. Any charges not included in the bid response form for this item become the responsibility of the bidder, not of the University. C)Pricing as outlined in items A and B above to be provided for a contract term length of 2 years with one optional 1-year extension. D)Bidder must be willing to allow the University to increase committed bandwidth at the rates specified in the bid response for the duration of the contract. Such requests may be made by the University at any time and, in the case that an increase in bandwidth purchased results in a lower cost per megabit, the Universitys monthly recurring bandwidth charge will be adjusted accordingly. E)Bidder must specify both anticipated and guaranteed maximum number of calendar days after award of bid that services will be available. If vendor exceeds maximum number of calendar days specified without having service provisioned and the delays are not due to the action or inaction of the University, the University reserves the right to cancel the provisioning of the ISP service without incurring any penalties. F)Bidder must provide University staff 24x7 access to Bidders Network Operation Center (NOC) for incident reporting and resolution. G)Bidder is requested to attach a copy of FCC Form 445 that was submitted to the FCC regarding the bidders compliance with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). H) Bidders who are part of the Internet2 Quilt agreement shall consider any agreement resulting from this bid to be part of the Quilt agreement. The bidder shall consider all bandwidth purchased by the University to be part of the Quilt aggregated bandwidth volume. Any reductions in bandwidth pricing based on Quilt aggregated bandwidth volumes will be extended to the University contract in the same timeframe as Quilt member pricing reductions are made. I) Bandwidth charges on a per-megabit-per-month basis may never exceed the amount shown on this bid response. J) Physical interface handoff to the University shall use singlemode fiber. If the initial handoff is 10 Gigabit Ethernet the optics shall comply with 10G-BaseLR standard unless an alternate standard is mutually agreed upon. If the initial4 of 18 handoff is 100 Gigabit Ethernet the optics shall comply with 100G-BaseLR4 standard unless an alternate standard is mutually agreed upon. K)Due to the advanced networking needs of the University community, bidder must guarantee reliable transport for all unicast and potentially high rates of multicast packets and frames generated by the University community up to the current contractual megabit-per-second rate limit. L)Bidder must have a current IPv6 offering or a definite timeline for public release of an IPv6 offering. M)Bidder must provide BGP peering with options for default route only, ISP and ISP customer routes only, or full Internet routing table as requested by the University. N)Bidders core network and Point-of-Presence (POP) architecture must have sufficient resiliency and redundancy in the sole judgment of the University. Bidder must provide documentation supporting claims of resiliency and redundancy in their bid response, including but not limited to a high-level overview of the ISP backbone network architecture, summary information regarding peering relationships with other ISPs, and typical ISP POP architecture. O)Proposed solutions that include ISP-provisioned transport must provide geographic routing information for any transport provisioned between vendor facilities and University facilities to allow the University to assess geographic diversity of the proposed transport from existing University ISP and transport connections. 2.2 University PreferencesThe University strongly prefers that all Bidders meet the following requirements: A)University-to-ISP network traffic does not traverse points in Massachusetts east of Springfield, MA, unless it is part of a fully redundant network or transport path. B)ISP traffic handling does not solely rely on any ISP transport equipment, ISP network equipment, or ISP fiber-optic cabling located in Massachusetts east of Springfield, MA. C) ISP offers a premium support package including direct access to a network support group dedicated to large customers who employ experienced network engineers. 2.3 Optional Offerings The University is interested in obtaining technical details and pricing for Distributed Denial of Service mitigation service from bidders who offer such a service. Please provide a summary of the Distributed Denial of Service mitigation offering, technical requirements necessary to use this service, and the pricing model for this service

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Product Code: 91551

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: University of Massachusetts - Amherst

State: Massachusetts

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: John O. Martin, Procurement

Phone: 413-545-0361

Fax: 413-545-1643




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