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Friday, August 05, 2005

C|net: Gateway snags 5-year UA contract worth $45 mil

According to C|net editor-in-chief Michael Kanellos, Gateway has nailed a 5-year, $45 million deal with the University of Arizona to become the campus' leading technology provider. Kanellos makes it sound like something new, but I have reason to believe that it's a contract extension, as Gateway has been a major x86-architecture provider for labs and the exclusive x86 provider for the UA Bookstores "Computing and Technology Store" for at least the two years at least to my recollection.

I think Dell used to have a contract like that; a lot of the older units on campus are Dells. I'll need to visit campus again to rethink this.


The contract makes Gateway the primary vendor for PC desktop and laptop systems on campus. If you can justify the necessity to use another brand to the purchasing dept. buyers, then you aren't stuck with Gateway, nor are you required to buy Gateway for servers.

I have serious doubts that this will be a $45M contract.

I don't think Dell had such a contract. They won the business fair and square, but competing for each sale.

Gateway has had some quality problems since the inception of this contract. Their special pricing isn't all that special either. It took them awhile to get their reps on campus up to speed, but overall, I guess they're trying.

As for me and my department, we're building all our desktops from parts.

And, as for the biochemistry department, it seems everyone there is absolutely in love with their macs.

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