school Center ISD
IFCB Posted : Sep 23, 2021
Bid Deadline : Thursday, Nov 4, 2021

Questions Due By : Saturday, Oct 2, 2021
Applicant Address : Center, TX 75935
IFCB ID : 220000896

IFCB Requirements :

·       All Questions and Bids must be submitted using the on-line IFCB system. If for some reason the system is down before the respective deadline, please email your bid to info@crwconsulting.com or fax it to 918.445.0049. Bids or questions submitted in this fashion will be disqualified if the on-line system is active at the time of submission.

 

·       Bidder must agree to participate in USF Program (AKA “E-rate”) for the corresponding funding year.

 

·       Please include the correct Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) on your bid.

 

·       By submitting a bid, bidder certifies that the bidder does have a valid (non-red light status) SPIN for the E-rate program at the time of submission. Should the Applicant discover that the bidder is on red light status, or if the FCC classifies the bidder as on red-light status before work is performed and invoices are paid, the contract will be null and void and the applicant will have no payment obligations to the bidder.

 

·       Bidder is expected to provide the lowest corresponding price per E-rate rules.  See https://www.usac.org/e-rate/service-providers/step-2-responding-to-bids/lowest-corresponding-price/ for details.

 

·       Contracts must not prohibit SPIN changes.

 

·       Bidder must agree to provide the Applicant the choice of discount methods (SPI or BEAR).

 

·       Bidder will be automatically disqualified if the District determines that the bidding company has offered any employee of the District any individual gift of more than $20 or gifts totaling more than $50 within a 12 month period. This does not apply to the recent FCC exemptions of the Gift Rule for the COVID pandemic.

 

·       All contracts awarded will be contingent upon E-rate funding and final board approval.  The applicant may choose to do all or part of the project upon funding notification.

 

·       All contracts awarded under this IFCB bidding process may be voluntarily renewed by the applicant, upon written notice to the provider, for five consecutive one year terms. Please include this language in your final contract.

 

·       All applicable fees, surcharges, and taxes must be identified on the bid. E-rate rules require the applicants to evaluate the price of eligible goods and services that will be listed on the 471 application during the competitive bidding process. Fees and surcharges that apply but are not listed on the bid will be the responsibility of the bidding company, should their bid be awarded.

 

·       If there is a request for Internal Connections (Category Two) equipment, Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections or Category One equipment listed on this IFCB the applicant will accept bids for functionally equivalent equipment.

 

 

·       E-rate rules require applicants to evaluate the cost of eligible goods and services, and to cost-allocate out the amount for ineligible services from their funding request. If your company will be bidding internet access service, please identify the amount to be cost-allocated out for the ineligible services – email service, web hosting, content filtering, or other bundled ineligible services.

·       INTERNET ACCESS DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR: Any and all installation charges must be identified on your bid. If you submit a bid indicating that installation charges may apply without listing those charges, we will consider your bid incomplete and disqualify your bid.

 

·       The winning vendor will be required to complete the USAC approved Item 21 template for the project within 7 working days after notification that the vendor has won the bid.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids from companies that include equipment barred by the Federal Communications Commission due to national security risks (such as ZTE or Huawei) will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS PROJECT B: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Applicant will not accept bids for refurbished equipment. Any bids containing refurbished equipment will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids that include equipment that was manufactured for use outside of the United States will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project A, Project B or Project C.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project D, Project E or Project F.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

·       DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Maintenance bids listing only an hourly rate and not a monthly or annual total will be disqualified.  Vendors quoting an hourly rate are required to also a) confirm that you have the ability/expertise to maintain all of the equipment listed and b) propose a number of hours at a particular rate monthly to properly maintain the entire list of equipment.  Bids that contain only hourly rates, without confirmation that the company can service the list of equipment, or without a monthly total will be disqualified.


Services and Equipment Requested :

Category One:

Internet Access - District currently has 1 GB bandwidth and would like to increase to a minimum of 10 GB. Please provide bids for 10 GB, 15 GB and 20 GB. Terminating address is 404 Mosby St, Center, Texas. Must include Service Level Agreements with all proposals. District is seeking pricing for 3 and 5 year terms.  

E-rate rules require applicants to evaluate the cost of eligible goods and services, and to cost-allocate out the amount for ineligible services from their funding request. If your company will be bidding internet access service, please identify the amount to be cost-allocated out for the ineligible services – email service, web hosting, content filtering, or other bundled ineligible services.

INTERNET ACCESS DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR: Any and all installation charges must be identified on your bid. If you submit a bid indicating that installation charges may apply without listing those charges, we will consider your bid incomplete and disqualify your bid.

Category Two:

INTERNAL CONNECTIONS

Project A – Firewall

Installation required.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Firewall Service and Components

1

On-premise appliance with 10GBPS firewall throughout

 

Project B – Switches

Installation not needed. Provide all licensing required to operate switch ports at maximum capacity, e.g. if a switch requires a license to operate a 40GB, the license should be included.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Switches

1

Ruckus ICX7750-48C

Switches

4

Ruckus ICX7450-24-E

Switches

16

Ruckus ICX7150-48P-4x10GR

Transceivers

6

Ruckus ICX7400-1x40GQ-QSFP+

Expansion Module

8

Ruckus ICX7400-4x10GF

Transceivers

30

Ruckus 10G-SFPP-LR

Transceivers

10

Ruckus 40G-QSFP-LR4

 

NOTE: We are requesting switch licenses on this IFCB, which sometimes may be categorized as BMIC or MIBS by USAC (the BMIC and MIBS boxes on the 470 have been checked to cover this scenario).

COMPATABILITY REQUIREMENT:

All switches and associated hardware must be compatible with existing Brocade/Ruckus hardware and software.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS PROJECT B: It will be the bidder’s responsibility to provide documentation about the compatibility requirements listed in this IFCB. Vendors that submit bids without documentation demonstrating the required compatibility listed in this IFCB will have their bids disqualified, unless that vendor has bid the preferred make/model number listed.

Project C – Wireless Access Points

Installation not needed.

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Wireless Access Points

10

Ruckus ZoneFlex R610

 

NOTE: We are requesting WAP on this IFCB, which sometimes may be categorized as BMIC or MIBS by USAC (the BMIC and MIBS boxes on the 470 have been checked to cover this scenario).

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids from companies that include equipment barred by the Federal Communications Commission due to national security risks (such as ZTE or Huawei) will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Applicant will not accept bids for refurbished equipment. Any bids containing refurbished equipment will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Bids that include equipment that was manufactured for use outside of the United States will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR INTERNAL CONNECTIONS: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project A, Project B or Project C.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

BASIC MAINTENANCE OF INTERNAL CONNECTIONS:

Project D – Firewall

The District would like a manufacturer’s support contract for these items:

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Firewall Service and Components

1

On-premise appliance with 10GBPS firewall throughout

 

Project E – Switches

The District would like a manufacturer’s support contract for these items:

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Switches

1

Ruckus ICX7750-48C

Switches

4

Ruckus ICX7450-24-E

Switches

16

Ruckus ICX7150-48P-4x10GR

 

Project F – Wireless Access Point

The District would like a manufacturer’s support contract for these items:

Type of Equipment

Quantity Vendor Should Bid

 

Preferred Make/Manufacturer

Wireless Access Points

10

Ruckus ZoneFlex R610

 

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Service providers are required to bid an entire Project D, Project E or Project F.  Bids for individual components of a single project will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Vendors must complete and include the C2 Cover Page with their bid. Bids received without the cover page will be disqualified.

DISQUALIFICATION FACTOR BMIC: Maintenance bids listing only an hourly rate and not a monthly or annual total will be disqualified.  Vendors quoting an hourly rate are required to also a) confirm that you have the ability/expertise to maintain all of the equipment listed and b) propose a number of hours at a particular rate monthly to properly maintain the entire list of equipment.  Bids that contain only hourly rates, without confirmation that the company can service the list of equipment, or without a monthly total will be disqualified.

 


There is an additional document associated with this IFCB. Please click the buttons to download the document.

CENTER_C2_COVER_PAGE1.pdf
2022_C2_Bidding_Instructions9.pdf

Questions Received with Applicant Answers   ( Ask Questions? )




I would like to know which model of Firewall you prefer for description below? Firewall Service and Components - 1 x On-premise appliance with10GBPS firewall throughput

Answer:

I have no preference  of model; thus, the reason it was not specified.

What firewall do you have in place now? Why are you replacing it? From looking in USAC, we find there are 2,477 total students in the district. How many computers, tablets, ipads, and other devices wifi/VoIp camera system do you have? How many Remote Users? What applications are you needing to have Visibility and Control over? Are you looking to streamline security infrastructure or make changes to Anti-Virus Protection, Spam Filtering, Deep Packet Inspection, and Application Filtering? As far as installation, are you looking for anything beyond "basic configuration"?

Answer:

What firewall do you have in place now?

Cisco

 

Why are you replacing it?

Age

 

From looking in USAC, we find there are 2,477 total students in the district. How many computers, tablets, ipads, and other devices wifi/VoIp camera system do you have?

Approximately 3000 devices

 

How many Remote Users?

5 remote users

 

What applications are you needing to have Visibility and Control over?

none in particular

 

Are you looking to streamline security infrastructure or make changes to Anti-Virus Protection, Spam Filtering, Deep Packet Inspection, and Application Filtering?

All of these are a plus, but not required.

 

As far as installation, are you looking for anything beyond "basic configuration"?

Basic secure configuration

What model is your current firewall? Will there be any new features implemented in the new firewall that were not in the old firewall? Can you please provide a network diagram to include the datacenter(s), branches, remote users, cloud services and connections/circuits at each site? For any cloud services requested - can you please indicate whether you want this hosted on prem or off site? How many interfaces are on the current firewall? (internal, ISP 1, ISP 2, DMZ, etc.). How many current ISP connections exist? How many current site-to-site VPNs exist? Please state the authentication type. Are you using a RADIUS server? If so, is it using AD as the user database or LDAP or NDS? How many existing rules, policies and NAT statements exist? How many existing web content filtering profiles exist? What firewall services will be used? I.e., web browsing, file sharing, remote console access, etc. Are services to be provided remotely? Is remote unattended access available? When is the estimated requested installation start date?

Answer:

What model is your current firewall?
CISCO PIX

Will there be any new features implemented in the new firewall that were not in the old firewall?
Due to the age of Cisco device, it is likely that new features will be used.

Can you please provide a network diagram to include the datacenter(s), branches, remote users, cloud services and connections/circuits at each site?
This is for a simple network with a single DMARC of service provider entry.  All sites are part of a logical fiber network that will reside behind the firewall.
A network diagram will not be provided.

For any cloud services requested - can you please indicate whether you want this hosted on prem or off site?
We are requesting, and prefer, no cloud services.  However, cloud services will be considered.  We prefer on prem hosting.


How many interfaces are on the current firewall? (internal, ISP 1, ISP 2, DMZ, etc.).
Current firewall has 3 interfaces enabled. (Internal, DMZ, and Internet)


How many current ISP connections exist?

1

How many current site-to-site VPNs exist?

none


Please state the authentication type. Are you using a RADIUS server?

  We are using standard authentication methods with no RADIUS server involved.


If so, is it using AD as the user database or LDAP or NDS?

  No AD, LDAP or NDS


How many existing rules, policies and NAT statements exist?

15 to 20


How many existing web content filtering profiles exist?

None on current firewall


What firewall services will be used?
I.e., web browsing, file sharing, remote console access, etc.
  Remote console access is the only one requried.

Are services to be provided remotely?

No


Is remote unattended access available?

Yes

For the firewall - how many AP's need to be supported? How many EU need to be supported?

Answer:

For the firewall - how many AP's need to be supported?  300

How many EU need to be supported?  3000

Would the 10Gbps throughput requirement be without inspection or with inspection?

Answer:

Question : Would the 10Gbps throughput requirement be without inspection or with inspection?

10Gbps without inspection would be acceptable provided that the inspection process is manageable and

the inspection process, when fully enabled, results in a minimal impact on the throughput performance.

Are set on Ruckus, or could we offer up a comparable substitute?

Answer:

Question : Are set on Ruckus, or could we offer up a comparable substitute?

Units must be manageable using Ruckus management systems.