Met Office Computer Hardware and Storage Upgrade

Met Office Computer Hardware and Storage Upgrade

Met Office’s Scientific Processing and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE) Project.

United Kingdom-Exeter: Data-processing machines (hardware)

2015/S 089-159793

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885065
E-mail: jason.malpas@metoffice.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1133362431

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contracts

Electronic access to information: https://tenders.metoffice.gov.uk/procontract/metoffice/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://tenders.metoffice.gov.uk/procontract/metoffice/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

Further information can be obtained from: Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885065
E-mail: jason.malpas@metoffice.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1133362431

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885065
E-mail: jason.malpas@metoffice.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1133362431

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Met Office
Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1392885065
E-mail: jason.malpas@metoffice.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1133362431

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions

I.3)Main activity

General public services
Environment

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Met Office’s Scientific Processing and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE) Project.

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

Supplies
Purchase
NUTS code

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 Met Office is a trading fund within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, operating on a commercial basis under set targets. As the UK’s National Weather Service it provides a range of weather and climate services to a large number of public and private sector organisations. It also represents the UK within the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and plays a prominent role in international meteorology.
As a result of a recent supercomputer upgrade the Met Office is looking to upgrade its Scientific Post-processing and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE) in order to deliver a replacement of existing hardware and storage capabilities, and a radical change in middleware and toolsets that will enable science to perform more efficiently making better use of available compute and storage resources.
The intent is the provision of a highly capable and scalable compute installation which will enable a range of non-HPC scientific data processing, including capability for post processing of model outputs, Research and Development activities, Collaborative work and routine administration including code building and the preparation of data for visualisation. The Met Office currently plans that this replacement SPICE environment be commissioned and accepted autumn/winter 2015.
The Met Office will be seeking a defined product solution as opposed to building the system ourselves; therefore interested parties must recognise this fact.

Bid documentation is available on-line through the Met Office’s eTendering portal accessed through the following URL:http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contracts

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

30210000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The subject of this Procurement is the provision of a highly scalable compute and storage environment to meet the growing needs of Met Office (subsequently also referred to as the Authority) scientific research and post HPC model data processing.
The solution sought by the Met Office, implies a complete shift in current IT provisioning methodology, with new ways of delivering compute and storage resources to the business. The Met Office recognises the challenge that this brings, but anticipates the solution will generate major savings, allowing better agility for business and science development. In recognition of this challenge, the scope of the SPICE project has been split into three distinct phases. Over the lifetime of the project it is the Met Office’s intention to select a Tenderer for all phases of this project to best meet the ongoing requirements. However, the Met Office is only seeking to contractually commit to Phase 1 as part of this initial ITT process.
You are invited to submit a Tender to address this need which will serve Met Office Science through to the end of the decade.
Included in the scope of this procurement are:
— Supply, installation and configuration of the systems comprising of hardware, firmware and software.
— Commissioning and acceptance over seen by the Met Office.
— Continued system support and services for the period defined.
— Provision of relevant staff training.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 0
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

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

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: As per the Commercial Questions contained in the tender pack.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As per the Commercial Questions contained in the tender pack.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As per the Commercial Questions contained in the tender pack.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open

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

Envisaged number of operators: 0

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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:

9W3A-YDJ07U

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

Prior information notice

of 4.3.2015

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

Payable documents: no

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

19.6.2015 – 12:00

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

5.5.2015

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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 19.6.2015 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

5.5.2015

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