NESS

Network Equipment Support Services

The Network Equipment Support Services (NESS) National Master Standing Offer (NMSO) is coordinated by PWGSC and is used by SSC on behalf of Clients or directly by Clients themselves to procure Network Equipment from qualified Offerors. The NMSO includes a one-year warranty and optional installation services that are available anywhere in Canada.

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NESS Scope

The supply of new Network Equipment for Clients and Support services for the warranty and installation of Network Equipment where:

  • warranty is defined as the requirement to provide return-to-depot support of Network Equipment during a one year warranty coverage period; and
  • installation is defined as the requirement to provide off-site preparations (staging) or on-site installation for Network Equipment

How to be Awarded NESS

New offers can be qualified on an ongoing basis through a permanent posting of the NESS RFSO EN578-030742/J on Merx.

NESS Categories

In order to qualify for NESS, your hardware-based offering MUST fit in one of the following categories.  Subsequent to these categories, each categories has a list of technical requirements that must, at a minimum, to be awarded a NESS Standing Offer.

1. Class – LAN Switches

  • 1.1. Category – L2 LAN Switches
  • 1.2. Category – L2-3 LAN Switches

2. Class – Routers

  • 2.1. Category – Branch Routers
  • 2.2. Category – Enterprise Router

3. Class – Layer 4-7 Devices

  • 3.1. Category – Layer 4-7 Application Switch
  • 3.2. Category – WAN Acceleration Appliance

4. Class – Firewalls (deleted) 5. Class – Intrusion Detection Systems

  • 5.1. Category – Remote Response NIDS (Network Intrusion Detection Systems)
  • 5.2. Category – IDS Balancers
  • 5.3. Category – Network Non-aggregator Ethernet TAPs
  • 5.4. Category – Network Aggregator Ethernet TAPs

6. Class – VPN Appliances

  • 6.1. Category – Small Remote Site VPN Appliance
  • 6.2. Category – Remote Access Node/Branch-to-Branch Terminator
  • 6.3. Category – SSL VPN Appliance
  • 6.4. Category – SSL Proxy

7. Class – Optical Networking Devices

  • 7.1. Category – WDM Optical Network Device
  • 7.2. Category – SONET Optical Device

8. Class – Multi Class Equipment

  • 8.1. Category – Unified Threat Management (UTM) Appliances
  • 8.2. Category – Traffic Management Appliances

9. Class – Wireless Systems

  • 9.1. Category – Enterprise Wireless Components
  • Wireless Access Point (AP) Requirements
  • Stand Alone Wireless Controller Requirements

10. Class – Intrusion Prevention System

  • 10.1. Category – In-line NIPS (Network Intrusion Prevention Systems)

11. Class – Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

  • 11.1. Category – Enterprise Uninterruptible Power Supply

Common Requirements – All Classes

  • 12.1. Interoperability and Performance Testing for RFSO Qualification
  • 12.2. Certifications and Regulatory Compliance

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