Supply of Firewall Infrastructure
Framework for Firewall Infrastructure and Related Hardware and Services.
United Kingdom-Nottingham: Network equipment
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
The University of Nottingham
King’s Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane
Contact point(s): Procurement Department
For the attention of: Jayson Tarr
NG7 2NR Nottingham
Telephone: +44 1158232230
General address of the contracting authority: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/procurement/
Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham
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
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Nottingham and East Midlands.
NUTS code UKF
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
For the procurement to be considered successful it must:
— Significantly improve the performance and resilience of our firewall infrastructure;
— Provide a range of threat protection capabilities to protect our security / risk position;
— Provide the ability to process traffic to the full potential of our network links without degrading performance or compromising the users experience;
— Provide capacity to handle exceptions such as external attacks;
— Migrate seamlessly from the current firewalls to the new infrastructure;
— Provide scalability in terms of additional capacity / performance;
— Minimise the environmental impact of the new installation;
— Provide alerting, reporting, capacity and performance management through existing Solarwinds functionality and / or new management interfaces;
— Successfully demonstrate adherence to our requirements through a rigorous demonstration / testing process;
— Provide a 3-year warranty on all provided hardware in the solution;
— Maintain a 4-year service agreement to provide future firewall infrastructure.
It is proposed that this Framework Agreement will operate initially for two years effective from 20.2.2016; however, the framework may be extended on an annual basis dependent upon performance up to a maximum of 4 years.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended), on the basis of information provided in response to the procurement documents. The procurement documents can be accessed at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham using the instructions detailed in III.2.1). The Contracting Authority may take into account any of the following information:
(a) A copy of the audited accounts for the most recent 2 years;
(b) A statement of the turnover, profit and loss account, current liabilities and assets, and cash flow for the most recent year of trading for this organisation;
(c) A statement of the cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position;
(d) Alternative means of demonstrating financial status if any of the above are not available (e.g. Forecast of turnover for the current year and a statement of funding provided by the owners and/or the bank, charity accruals accounts or an alternative means of demonstrating financial status);
(e) Where the Contracting Authority has specified a minimum level of economic and financial standing and/or a minimum financial threshold within the evaluation criteria of the procurement documents for this procurement.
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended), on the basis of information provided in response to the procurement documents.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below
1. Service and support. Weighting 30
2. Functionality and features. Weighting 30
3. Value for money and commercial. Weighting 30
4. Sustainability. Weighting 10
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 13.1.2016 – 13:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
This procurement has not been subdivided due to the requirement of interoperability between the solution and requirement for firewalls to be compatible.
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Contracting Authority’s e-Tendering Site. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Tendering Site. If you have not yet registered on the e-Tendering Site, this can be done online at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham by following the link ‘Register’. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham/aspx/BuyerProfiles \
Once you have registered on the e-Tendering Site, a registered user can Express Interest for a specific procurement. This is done by login into the e-Tendering Site, selecting Tenders > Current from the top navigation bar, locating the specific procurement you wish to Express Interest in, select View Details and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Express Interest on the right hand side. As a user of the e-Tendering Site you will have access to In-Tend email messaging service which facilitates all correspondents sent to you and from you in relation to any specific procurement event. To make sure you receive our email notifications and to ensure our emails reach your inbox please add our e-Tendering Site host email domain @in-tend.co.uk to your safe senders list and check your spam filter settings. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis throughout the procurement to ensure you have sight of all relevant information. For technical assistance (only) on e-Tendering Site please contact In-Tend Support Desk email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Telephone +44 1144070065. Responses must be published by the date in IV.3.4).
All correspondence and expressions of interest relating to this procurement must be made through the contracting authority’s e-Tendering Site:https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham. Non-compliant expressions of interest will not be considered or acknowledged.
The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process related to the publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the procurement (limited to the extent permitted under the Public Contracts Regulation 2015); and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of the candidate. Electronic ordering, invoicing and payment may be used by the contracting authority under this contract.
In the event that this notice relates to the formation of a framework agreement, the value entered in Section II.1.4) this is only an estimate, we cannot guarantee to candidates any business through the resulting agreement. If the contracting authority decides to enter into a framework agreement with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any orders placed under this framework agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this framework agreement between the supplier(s) and the contracting authority. The contracting authority utilising the framework reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement. The contracting authority reserves the right to procure some of their needs covered by this notice outside of this procurement exercise.
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: