Data Centre and High Performance Computing Tender

Data Centre and High Performance Computing Tender

The University is keen to explore, with an external partner, the options for delivery of facility infrastructure for a data centre and HPC environment.

United Kingdom-St Andrews: Data network support services

2015/S 211-382453

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Adrian Wood
KY16 9LB St Andrews
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1334462523
E-mail: procurement@st-andrews.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/procurement/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/media/procurement/buyer-profile.pdf

Electronic access to information: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofstandrews

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofstandrews

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Education

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

APUC Ltd

UCSS Ltd

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

IT Services: Guardbridge Data Centre and High Performance Computing.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
Purchase
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: UK — St Andrews.

NUTS code UKM22

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The University of St Andrews is seeking a transformational change in industry and academic engagement and impact. The Guardbridge site will be the main centre for industrial engagement activities going forward. It is the university’s intention to develop the site to become a national and international recognised reference site for tomorrow’s solutions on a community / regional basis, designed with an international focus.
The University is keen to explore, with an external partner, the options for delivery of facility infrastructure for a data centre and HPC environment.
The overall engagement may be via a joint venture arrangement, (or another commercial arrangement), proposing how value can be offered to the University.

The Data Centre joint venture solution proposed would be able to be utilised as a framework agreement at defined charge levels/mechanisms by the University of St Andrews for their own use, private and 3rd sector organisations, and to APUC Ltd and UCSS Ltd as part of shared service solutions provided via APUC Ltd and/or UCSS Ltd for shared service delivery to members of these shared services organisations.

The University will be particularly interested in those development partners who are willing to bring new technologies, research and investment to this initiative.
The future facility will be required to support an expanding portfolio of computing needs from across the University, and as a platform for future advanced research. To deliver this requirement, the new data centre will need to consist of both a conventional data hall — to cover the long-term data computing and storage needs of the University — and an HPC suite, with associated research laboratories to advance innovation. HPC is developing as an ever more important requirement across many departments, to support both emerging ‘big data’ requirements and more general ‘heavy’ research compute demands. While the size of any HPC component remains open at this stage, a 750-1 000 node system may be a suitable initial target. In addition, the adjacent innovation hub at Guardbridge is likely to include a requirement for data labs to explore new computing research opportunities (likely to be accommodated within the overall data centre).
The University of St Andrews is seeking to appoint a data centre development partner to address and deliver against these specific objectives:
— To engage in the design, build, (part) finance and operation of a conventional data centre environment to support the existing and future needs of the University, and for external public sector and private use (including potential shared service and/or secure data hosting opportunities as detailed above).
— To bring energy management expertise to the venture, specifically the capture of expelled data centre heat, to be integrated into a possible local district heating scheme across the Guardbridge site.
— To bring new, novel and/or high impact research opportunities to the St Andrews, to enhance the University’s National and International reputation.
— To provide market analysis of potential commercial demand for public and private sector enterprise and HPC computing services.
— To bring Telecoms operational and research expertise to the University — potentially associated with new developments in the area of ‘Network Defined Data Centres’

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site athttp://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=412359

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72315100, 72317000, 45210000, 45214000, 48820000, 48823000, 48825000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The University of St Andrews is seeking a transformational change in industry and academic engagement and impact. The Guardbridge site will be the main centre for industrial engagement activities going forward. It is the university’s intention to develop the site to become a national and international recognised reference site for tomorrow’s solutions on a community / regional basis, designed with an international focus.
The University is keen to explore, with an external partner, the options for delivery of facility infrastructure for a data centre and HPC environment.
The overall engagement may be via a joint venture arrangement, (or another commercial arrangement), proposing how value can be offered to the University.

The Data Centre joint venture solution proposed would be able to be utilised as a framework agreement at defined charge levels/mechanisms by the University of St Andrews for their own use, private and 3rd sector organisations, and to APUC Ltd and UCSS Ltd as part of shared service solutions provided via APUC Ltd and/or UCSS Ltd for shared service delivery to members of these shared services organisations.

The University will be particularly interested in those development partners who are willing to bring new technologies, research and investment to this initiative.
The future facility will be required to support an expanding portfolio of computing needs from across the University, and as a platform for future advanced research. To deliver this requirement, the new data centre will need to consist of both a conventional data hall — to cover the long-term data computing and storage needs of the University — and an HPC suite, with associated research laboratories to advance innovation. HPC is developing as an ever more important requirement across many departments, to support both emerging ‘big data’ requirements and more general ‘heavy’ research compute demands. While the size of any HPC component remains open at this stage, a 750-1 000 node system may be a suitable initial target. In addition, the adjacent innovation hub at Guardbridge is likely to include a requirement for data labs to explore new computing research opportunities (likely to be accommodated within the overall data centre).
The University of St Andrews is seeking to appoint a data centre development partner to address and deliver against these specific objectives:
— To engage in the design, build, (part) finance and operation of a conventional data centre environment to support the existing and future needs of the University, and for external public sector and private use (including potential shared service and/or secure data hosting opportunities as detailed above).
— To bring energy management expertise to the venture, specifically the capture of expelled data centre heat, to be integrated into a possible local district heating scheme across the Guardbridge site.
— To bring new, novel and/or high impact research opportunities to the St Andrews, to enhance the University’s National and International reputation.
— To provide market analysis of potential commercial demand for public and private sector enterprise and HPC computing services.
— To bring Telecoms operational and research expertise to the University — potentially associated with new developments in the area of ‘Network Defined Data Centres’.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

To be agreed between parties.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Joint and Several Liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(7) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established.
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
Please also see PQQ.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide a reference from their bank.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(3) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
Please also see PQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please see PQQ.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide certification from an independent body attesting conformity to environmental management standards in accordance with the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS); or the European standard BS EN ISO 14001.
(3) Certificates drawn up by official quality control institutes or agencies of recognised competence attesting the conformity of products clearly identified by references to specifications or standards.
(4) Samples, descriptions and/or photographs, the authenticity of which must be certified if the contracting authority so requests.
(5) A statement of the principal goods sold or services provided by the supplier or the services provider in the past 3 years, detailing the dates on which the goods were sold or the services provided; the consideration received; the identity of the person to whom the goods were sold or the services were provided.
(6) A check may be carried out by the contracting authority or by a competent official body of the State in which the candidate is established, to verify the technical capacity of the candidate; and if relevant, on the candidates study and research facilities and quality control measures.
(7) A statement of the candidate’s technical facilities; measures for ensuring quality; and their study and research facilities.
(8) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
(9) A statement of the technicians or technical services available to the candidate to carry out the work under the contract; or be involved in the production of goods or the provision of services under the contract; particularly those responsible for quality control, whether or not they are independent of the candidate.
(10) A list of works carried out over the past 5 years, detailing the value of the consideration received; when and where the work or works were carried out; and whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade or profession and properly completed.
Please also see PQQ.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Please see PQQ.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

ITS/271015/SW/SL

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 144-265136 of 29.7.2015

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 20.11.2015

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

27.11.2015 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

15.12.2015

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

All tenders for University of St Andrews are administered through our e-Tendering System (In-Tend). To Express an Interest please go to our tender web-site at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofstandrews

Please note that ‘Notes of Interest’ placed via PCS (Public Contracts Scotland) are not automatically accepted.
(SC Ref: 412359)
Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:
To be determined.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The University of St Andrews will incorporate a minimum of 10 calendar day standstill period at the point of information on the award of the contract being communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the contracting authority before the contract is entered into. Applicants have 2 working days from the notification of the award decision to request additional debriefing and that information has to be provided a minimum of 3 working days before the expiry of the standstill period. Such additional information should be requested from The University of St Andrews. If an appeal regarding the award of contract has not been successfully resolved The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rule to take action in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session. Anyone bringing court proceedings against the University of St Andrews must inform the University of St Andrews in advance of the alleged breach and its intention to bring proceedings. Any such action must be brought within 15 days of the date on which a decision is sent to them or published to challenge that decision. Proceedings seeking an ineffectiveness order must be brought within 30 days of the publication of the contract award notice in the OJEU, or 30 days from the date of a decision letter to all tenderers concerned, and any candidates concerned, containing a summary of the reason for the recipient being unsuccessful, otherwise 6 months from the date of entering into the contract or concluding the framework agreement. Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may, by interim order, suspend the procurement procedure. The court may also set aside a decision or actions taken by the University or order it to amend and document; and/or award damages. However, by express requirement the court may decide not to grant an interim order when the negative consequences of such an order are likely to outweigh the benefits, having regard to a number of considerations. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the nature of the breach: make an ineffectiveness order; impose a financial penalty; shorten the duration of the contract; make any other order considered appropriate to address the consequences of ineffectiveness or shortening the duration or the contract; award damages.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

28.10.2015

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