Vienna, Virginia-October 28, 2009- NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it has been awarded a WSCA/NASPO Master Price Agreement by the State of Minnesota, Materials Management Division (MMD), on behalf of the Western States Contracting Agency (WSCA) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The agreement makes NetApp a qualified provider of cost-effective storage solutions for states, cities, counties, public schools, and institutions of higher education in participating states.
"This WSCA/NASPO agreement is a major milestone in our continued investment in serving the needs of state and local governments," said Regina Kunkle, senior director, State and Local/Higher Education, NetApp. "Now participating organizations have a simplified process with established negotiated prices for ordering NetApp® products and solutions to efficiently manage their data."
NetApp WSCA/NASPO customers will be serviced by select local NetApp partners who have been authorized specifically for their primary states. These resellers focus on assisting WSCA/NASPO customers in the purchase and use of NetApp products available under the contract and will:
- Provide quoting and configuration services.
- Supply expert technical assistance.
- Support field sales and engineering staff.
- Selected resellers will host an electronic catalog for WSCA/NASPO and support online ordering and tracking.
The Master Price Agreement, which became effective on September 1, 2009, has a three-year term, with the option to extend on an annual basis for two additional one-year terms. Most states either have a signed contract or authorize their local units of government to sign a participating addendum to use the contract.
For more information on NetApp products and services available on the WSCA/NASPO contract or learn about executing a WSCA Participating Addendum with NetApp.
The Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) was formed in October 1993 by the state purchasing directors from fifteen NASPO western states. The primary purpose of creating WSCA was to establish the means by which participating states may join together in cooperative multi-state contracting. This approach helps states to achieve cost-effective and efficient acquisition of quality products and services. Cooperative purchases are developed by member states. There is no Vendor List. Membership consists of the central procurement official that heads the state central procurement organization (or a designee for that state) from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. All governmental entities within WSCA states as well as authorized governmental entities in non-WSCA states are welcome to use the approved agreements. Cooperative purchasing benefits states as well as cities, counties, public schools and institutions of higher education.
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