The Library of Congress awarded Accenture a new contract to build a data center, with an estimated contract value of $27.3 million over the performance period, including a one-year base and an additional two one-year options.  Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture, will migrate the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office’s current data center to new hosting environments.

“We recognize this effort is pivotal in achieving the Library’s strategic goal of deploying ‘state-of-the-industry’ technology to expand and speed digital access to its vast collection of books and media,” said Elaine Beeman, who leads Accenture Federal Services’ programs supporting federal civilian agencies. “We have assembled the best of Accenture’s technology, data center and cloud professionals to rapidly make this vision a reality.”

Accenture is tasked with developing a vendor-agnostic design for the new data center and will manage the end-to-end procurement, installation, and configuration of its hardware and software. Accenture, along with the Library of Congress’ in-house IT team are also looking at transition the Library’s existing data center to other potential hosting systems. The teams are exploring a shared hosting facility, private cloud, managed co-location services, and external as-a-service offerings.

Accenture will also conduct an application rationalization where it assesses the current data center’s 250 applications and determines whether apps should be migrated to the new data center or the cloud, or whether the apps should be consolidated or decommissioned.

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