2 Petabyte Storage Solution

Agency: Iowa State University
State: Iowa
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541519 - Other Computer Related Services
Posted Date: May 10, 2024
Due Date: May 24, 2024
Solicitation No: RFQ-1001013
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Bid Information
Type Request for Proposal (Public)
Status Issued
Number RFQ-1001013 (2 Petabyte Storage Solution)
Issue Date & Time 5/9/2024 07:58:16 AM (CT)
Close Date & Time 5/24/2024 12:00:00 PM (CT)
Notes Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) is soliciting information from qualified contractors to provide the goods and/or services described herein.

Contractors should read all materials carefully and note the due date.
Contractors must submit all questions in the "Questions" tab related to this bid opportunity.
Bid responses will ONLY be accepted online via ISUBid. Please allow adequate time to review and submit your response prior to the deadline.
Contact Information
Name Jake Miller
Address 1340 Administrative Services Building
2221 Wanda Daley Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1004 USA
Phone (515) 294-4701
Fax
Email millerja@iastate.edu

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Iowa State University - Instructions
1. Definitions.
University
University or ISU is Iowa State University of Science and Technology.
Contractor
Contractor refers to the individual or entity that is proposing or offering to
contract for goods or services in the Proposal and is identified in ISUBid.
Contract
Contract will be an ISU issued purchase order and/or a contractual agreement
that would be signed by the awarded contractor and an authorized
representative of the University.
ISUBid
Iowa State University Procurement Services online system for managing
RFP/RFQs.
RFP/RFQ Documents
All documents issued or posted to ISUBid that pertain to this RFP/RFQ. This
could include original bid documents, addenda, exhibits, plans, etc.
Proposal
All documents and information submitted by the Contractor through ISUBid or
otherwise as a response to the RFP/RFQ in accordance with the RFP/RFQ
requirements.
University Representative
University Representative is the individual identified on the Overview and
General Information page of this RFP/RFQ.
Work
Construction related projects and deliverables that will be performed by
Contractor in accordance with this RFP/RFQ.
2. Inquiries.
(a) Contractor should direct any inquiries concerning this RFP/RFQ to the University Representative.
Contractor may not communicate about the subject of the RFP/RFQ with any other University employee
without the permission of the University Representative.
(b) Oral statements made by the University Representative or other University employees interpreting,
correcting, revising or amending the RFP/RFQ documents shall not be deemed part of the RFP/RFQ
documents and are not binding. The University Representative shall issue any interpretations,
corrections, revisions, and amendments in the form of written addenda, which will be sent to all known
recipients of the RFP/RFQ documents. Except for addenda modifying the proposal due date or canceling
the RFP/RFQ, such addenda shall be issued so as to be received at least five calendar days prior to the
time set for receipt of proposals. All addenda so issued shall become part of the RFP/RFQ documents
and shall be acknowledged in ISUBid. University may issue an addenda in a shorter time frame if in the
best interest of University.
3. Proposal Submission.
(a) Contractor must read the RFP/RFQ documents in their entirety and comply with the requirements of the
RFP/RFQ documents. Contractor must promptly notify the University Representative of any ambiguity,
inconsistency or error that Contractor discovers in the RFP/RFQ documents. University may reject
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Proposals that fail to comply with the requirements of the RFP/RFQ documents.
(b) Contractor must identify in ISUBid all parties who will be involved with performance of the Contract. By
submitting the Proposal, Contractor warrants that all such parties have received a copy of the RFP/RFQ
documents and that the Proposal is acceptable to these parties.
(c) Contractor must clearly state in ISUBid any exceptions to or deviations from the RFP/RFQ documents.
Exceptions taken to the RFP/RFQ documents may cause the Proposal to be rejected at the sole discretion
of University. Any terms in the RFP/RFQ documents to which Contractor does not take exception on the
ISUBid shall be binding and any subsequent objections to those terms shall have no effect.
(d) A representative of Contractor who is authorized to agree to the terms in the RFP/RFQ documents and to
offer the pricing and make the representations about Contractor’s products and services in the Proposal
must sign the Proposal.
(e) Contractor is responsible for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of the Proposal and
any travel and personnel expenses associated with its on-site presentations or demonstrations or other
trips related to the RFP/RFQ. ISU has no responsibility for such costs or expenses even if ISU should elect
not to make an award.
4. Withdrawal and Resubmission of Proposals.
(a) Prior to the date and time designated for receipt of proposals, Contractor may withdraw a Proposal by
retracting their response in ISUBid. Such retraction should be completed prior to the designated date and
time for receipt of proposals.
(b) Contractor may resubmit a withdrawn Proposal up to the time designated for receipt of proposals
provided that the resubmitted Proposal complies with the RFP/RFQ documents.
(c) Contractor may not withdraw its Proposal for a period of ninety calendar days after the time designated
for receipt of proposals unless the Proposal contains an obvious and documented error for which it would
be a manifest injustice to require Contractor to perform pursuant to such terms.
5. Acceptance of Proposals and Award of Contract.
(a) The RFP/RFQ does not commit University to award a Contract. If University elects to award a Contract, it
will do so based on the criteria set forth in the RFP/RFQ documents. University is not required to
purchase the lowest priced goods or inferior or substandard goods. University may make multiple
awards if University determines it is in its best interest to do so.
(b) University may accept or reject any or all proposals.
(c) University may request from Contractor additional documents or Proposal clarifications after the due date
and time for proposal submission. University may also request Contractor to make an on-site
presentation/demonstration. University may reject the Proposal if Contractor fails to provide the
additional documents or clarifications or participate in the on-site presentation/demonstration.
(d) University may waive any irregularities, technicalities, or informalities in proposals if such waiver does
not substantially change the offer or provide a competitive advantage to any contractor. University may
accept deviations from the specifications in the RFP/RFQ documents if through information submitted
or demonstrations University determines that the offered product or service is substantially compliant
and would be in University’s best interest.
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(e) University may investigate as it deems necessary the ability of Contractor to provide the expected goods
or services. University may reject the Proposal if the evidence submitted by, or investigation of,
Contractor fails to satisfy University, in its sole opinion, that Contractor is properly qualified to carry out
the obligations specified in the RFP/RFQ documents.
(f) University will resolve tie proposals that are equal in all respects and tied in price by drawing lots. Whenever
practical, the drawing will be held in the presence of the contractors who are tied in price. However, if this
is not possible, the drawing will be made in front of at least three persons and said drawing documented.
(g) Iowa Code §73.2 requires all requests for proposals to contain the following language: “By virtue of
statutory authority, a preference will be given to products and provisions grown and coal produced within
the State of Iowa.” University shall grant such preferences unless an item is being procured with federal
funds or granting the preference would violate applicable law.
6. Formation of Contract. If University elects to award a Contract, it will take one of the following actions in order
to form a Contract between University and selected contractor(s):
(a) Accept a proposal, as submitted, by issuing a Notice of Award to selected contractor(s) that incorporates
the RFP/RFQ documents by reference and accepts all or selected portions of the selected contractor's
proposal. The awarded contract will be in the form of an ISU-issued Purchase Order and/or contractual
agreement, which must be signed by an authorized representative of University and the selected
contractor(s). Contractor(s) shall be given twenty days to sign such Contract. Delays in finalizing by a
contractor may be viewed as lack of interest by the contractor in servicing the Contract and would be
grounds for rejecting that contractor’s proposal.
(b) Enter into negotiations with one or more contractors in an effort to reach a mutually satisfactory Contract
that will be executed by both University and contractor and that will be based on the RFP/RFQ documents,
the proposal submitted by selected contractor, any clarification(s) requested by the University and
submitted by contractor, except as amended by mutual agreement through the associated negotiations.
Should University and the selected contractor be unable to negotiate a mutually acceptable contract
within thirty days of University initiating negotiations, University shall have the right to reject the selected
contractor's proposal and enter into negotiations with another contractor, without penalty or any liability
to University.
(c) Because University may use the alternative described in (a) above, Contractor shall include in its
Proposal all requirements, terms or conditions it may have, and shall not assume that an opportunity
will exist to add such matters after the Proposal has been submitted.
7. Disposition and Disclosure of Proposals.
(a) Once opened, the Proposal becomes the property of University and will not be returned to Contractor.
(b) Until the date of an award of this RFP/RFQ, the Proposal and any other related documents provided
by Contractor, including but not limited to, attachments, appendices, and exhibits, shall be treated as
confidential to the extent required and permitted under State of Iowa law.
(c) Iowa Administrative Code §681-9.8 requires University to release, if requested, the name of the successful
bidder and all other bidders and the amounts bid. In addition, University is subject to the Iowa Open
Records Law (Iowa Code Chapter 22). Contractor is encouraged to familiarize itself with the Iowa Open
Records Law prior to submitting its Proposal. If Contractor believes that portions of the Proposal or other
submitted documents (other than its name and pricing) are confidential under the Iowa Open Records
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Law, Contractor shall clearly identify those portions in the space provided in ISUBid and indicate the
specific provision in the Iowa Open Records Law upon which Contractor relies in determining the
identified portion is confidential. Proposals marked entirely confidential or proprietary may be rejected.
(d) If University receives a request for a portion of the Proposal or other documents that Contractor has
identified as confidential, University shall notify Contractor (unless legally prohibited from doing so) and
Contractor shall, at its sole expense and in a timely manner, appear before an administrative or judicial
authority to obtain an order restraining its release. If Contractor fails to do so, University may release the
portions of the Proposal or other documents that Contractor has identified as confidential.
(e) Failure to properly identify items as confidential in ISUBid and appropriately cite the specific provisions
of the Open Records Act relied upon shall relieve University from any responsibility to notify Contractor
of a request for those items and from any liability should such items be released.
8. Conflict of Interest. In order to comply with federal and state laws and regulations, a Contractor who is a “Conflict
of Interest Vendor” must have approval from the University Representative prior to submitting its Proposal on this
RFP/RFQ. A Contractor is a “Conflict of Interest Vendor” if it is any of the following:
(a) A paid employee (whether full-time, part-time, hourly, temporary, or student--including a graduate student
on assistantship) of University, any other Board of Regents institution or the Board of Regents Office
(b) A member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
(c) An entity in which any of the above referred persons is a partner or sole proprietor
(d) An employee of another State of Iowa agency (Iowa Department of Transportation, Department of
Administrative Services, Department of Human Services, etc.)
(e) Any State of Iowa officials, members of the general assembly, or legislative employees
9. Gratuities. The laws of the State of Iowa prohibit a person who is seeking to enter into a contract with University
from, directly or indirectly, offering or making a gift to University employee. See Iowa Code §68B.22 for additional
information.
10. Supplier Registration/Record. Contractors must register online in order to receive notices and participate in ISU
bidding opportunities https://iastate.ionwave.net/VendorRegistration/PreliminaryInfo.aspx
Upon an official contract award and in order to issue a Purchase Order or payment, Contractors will also be
required to register in ISU’s procurement system
https://www.procurement.iastate.edu/forms/supplier/External/supplier-registration.
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