The GSA has awarded a $50 billion Alliant 2 (A2) government-wide acquisition contract for provide customized IT services and IT services-based solutions.

“A2 provides federal agencies with access to 61 companies providing integrated information technology solutions for evolving needs on a global basis. Further, A2 allows for the application of technology to meet business needs including the ability to stay on the forefront of emerging IT services,” GSA said.

The multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, which has been named by OMB as a best in class, follows an initial contract which “aggregates custom IT providers on one full-range vehicle to meet the evolving needs of federal agencies,” an announcement said.

The new contract features scope improvements, new IT service labor categories, new cybersecurity standards, new environmental standards, and the incorporation of required Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement regulations, it said.

GSA meanwhile issued an award to Nutanix and Carahsoft that brings hyperconverged cloud infrastructure solutions to IT Schedule 70, saying the award will help agencies meet mandates including the data center optimization initiative and the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act.

“The 10 distinct Nutanix product solutions offered under this new agreement cover the most common HCI applications and will enable agencies to simplify their data centers and transition away from legacy infrastructure to a more operationally efficient, modern and optimized platform,” GSA said.