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«Invitation to Bid “Storage Array” 20170103-CO Responses to an Invitation to Bid will be received by the Purchasing Supervisor, Sumner County ...»

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Invitation to Bid

“Storage Array”


Responses to an Invitation to Bid will be received by the Purchasing

Supervisor, Sumner County Board of Education, 1500 Airport Road, Gallatin,

TN 37066 Storage Array until 1:00 p.m. CDT January 03,2017 Bid responses

will be opened at that time, taken under advisement and evaluated.Should you

have any questions please call Andrew Ramos Network Administrator

www.aramos@sumnertn.org All proposals are subject to the Board of

Education’s conditions and specifications which are available from Vicky Currey, Purchasing Supervisor (615) 451-6560. All bids can be viewed on line at www.sumnertn.org and www.sumnertn.org under the bid tab


20170103-CO Storage Array For Sumner County Finance Department



Purchasing Staff Contact:

Vicky Currey (615) 451-6560 vicky.currey@sumnerschools.org Bid # 20170301-CO December,2016 This proposal solicitation document is available in an Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Any alterations to this document made by the proposer may be grounds for rejection of proposal, cancellation of any subsequent award, or any other legal remedies available to the Sumner County Board of Education.

Introduction Sumner County Government (hereinafter referred to as “Sumner County”) is hereby requesting proposals to be submitted for Storage Array for Sumner County Finance Department 355 North Belvedere Drive Gallatin, TN 37066 In addition, all other Sumner County Government Departments and Agencies may also purchase from any submitted proposal.

General Information I. Proposal Package All sealed proposal packages must include all of the following, when applicable. Any sealed proposals shall be rejected as a non-conforming bid if any applicable item is missing.

 Three (3) complete copies of proposal  Evidence of a valid State of Tennessee Business License and/or Sumner County Business License  Evidence of compliance with the Sumner County Insurance Requirements, if work is performed on Sumner County Property  Signed and completed Statement of Non-Collusion (Attachment 1)  Properly completed Internal Revenue Service Form W-9

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1. To comply with Internal Revenue Service requirements, all vendors who perform any type of service are required to have a current IRS Form W-9 on file with the Sumner County. At the time of requisition, the individual requesting a purchase order or disbursement will be informed if it is a new vendor and if a form W-9 is required. If form W-9 is required for a new vendor, the department head shall forward a completed form W -9 to the finance department. It can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service's website at www.irs.gov.

2. To comply with the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, non-employees (individuals hired as independent contractors) must have on file any 2m: of the following documents.

 Valid Tennessee driver license or photo ID issued by department of safety  Valid out-of-state driver license  U.S. birth certificate  Valid U.S. passport  U.S. certificate of birth abroad  Report of birth abroad of a U.S. citizen  Certificate of citizenship  Certificate of naturalization  U.S. citizen identification card  Valid alien registration documentation or proof of current immigration registration

3. In addition, for all vendors with annual purchases in excess of $50,000 (if a business license is required), a business license must be on file in the finance department, or the requisitioner must submit a copy with the purchase order requisition form or the payment requisition form, as applicable.

II. Responses

 Proposal must include point-by-point responses to the RFP.

 Proposal must include a list of any exceptions to the requirements.

 Proposal must include the legal name of the vendor and must be signed by a person or persons legally authorized to bind the vendor to a contract.

 If applicable, proposal must include a copy of the contract(s) the vendor will submit to be signed.

 Any and all proposal requirements must be met prior to submission.

 The bidder understands and accepts the non-appropriation of funds provision of the Sumner County Government.

 If noted in the section “proposal requirements” or later requested, the contractor will be required to provide a reference list of clients that have a current contract for services with their company.

III. Clarification and Interpretation of RFP

The words “must” and “shall” in this Request for Proposal indicate mandatory requirements. Taking exception to any mandatory requirement shall be grounds for rejection of the proposal. There are other requirements that Sumner County considers important but not mandatory. It is important to respond in a concise manner to each section of this document and submit an itemized list of all exceptions.

In the event that any interested vendor finds any part of the listed specifications, terms, or conditions to be discrepant, incomplete, or otherwise questionable in any respect, it shall be the responsibility of the concerned party to notify Sumner County, via email at vicky.currey@sumnerschools.org, of such matters immediately upon receipt of this Request for Proposal. All questions must be received a minimum of five days before proposal’s “deadline”. All responses to inquiries will be posted on the School System website (http://www.sumnerschools.org) under “Invitation to Bid” and Sumner County website at www.sumnertn.org.

IV. Proposal Guarantee Vendors must guarantee that all information included in their proposal will remain valid for a period of 90 days from the date of proposal opening to allow for evaluation of all proposals.

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Sumner County is not responsible for any costs incurred by any vendor pursuant to the Request for Proposal.

The vendor shall be responsible for all costs incurred in connection with the preparation and submission of its proposal.

VI. Insurance Requirements and Liability Each bidder or respondent to the RFP who may have employees, contractors, or agents working on Sumner County properties shall provide copies of current certificates for general and professional liability insurance and for workers' compensation of a minimum of $250,000. The owner or principal of each respondent must also be insured by workers' compensation if they perform any of the services on School System properties. There will be no exceptions to the insurance requirement.

VII. Payment Terms Payment terms shall be specified in the bid response, including any discounts for early payment. All payments, unless agreed upon differently, will be after receipt of service or product and School System’s approval of conformance with specifications.

VIII. Deadline Sealed proposals will be accepted until January 03, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m. local time Proposals received after that time will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the vendor. Vendors mailing proposal packages must allow sufficient time to ensure receipt of their package by the time specified. There will be no exceptions.

IX. Withdrawal or Modification of Proposal A withdrawn proposal may be resubmitted up to the time designated for the receipt of proposals provided that it fully conforms to the same general terms and requirements.

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The package containing the proposal must be sealed and clearly marked 20170301-CO “STORAGE AARAY” and do not open on the outside of the package. Responses may be hand delivered or mailed to the following address.

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XI. Right to Seek a New Proposal The Sumner County reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals for any reason. Proposals will be awarded to the best overall respondent as determined by that which is in the best interests of Sumner County.

XII. Procedures for Evaluating Proposals and Awarding Contract In comparing the responses to this RFP and making awards, Sumner County may consider such factors as quality and thoroughness of a proposal, the record of experience, the references of the respondents, and the integrity, performance, and assurances in the proposal in addition to that of the proposal price.

 Proposals will be examined for compliance with all requirements set forth herein.

 Proposals that do not comply shall be rejected without further evaluation.

 Proposals will be subjected to a technical analysis and evaluation.

 Oral presentations and written questions for further clarifications may be required of some or all vendors.

XIII. Discussions

Discussions may be conducted with the vendors which have submitted proposals determined to be reasonably likely of being considered for selection to assure a full understanding of and responsiveness to the RFP requirements. Every effort shall be afforded to assure fair and equal treatment with respect to the opportunity for discussion and/or revision of their respective proposals. Revisions may be permitted after the submission and prior to the award for the purpose of obtaining the best offers.

XIV. Open Records After the bid is awarded, all proposals will be subject to the Tennessee Open Records Act, and the proposals will be available to the public upon written request.

XV. Assignment Neither the vendor nor School System may assign this agreement without prior written consent of the other party.

XVI. Liabilities The vendor shall indemnify Sumner County against liability for any suits, actions, or claims of any character arising from or relating to the performance under this contract by the vendor or its subcontractors.

Sumner County has no obligation for the payment of any judgment or the settlement of any claim made against the vendor or its subcontractors as a result of obligations under this contract.

XVII. Tax Status Sumner County Government is tax exempt XVIII. Invoicing

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The vendor must provide an invoice(s) detailing the terms and amounts due and the dates due. All invoices shall indicate payment terms and any prepayment discounts.

XIX. Contract Nullification Sumner County may, at any time, nullify the agreement if, in the judgment of Sumner County, the contractor(s) has failed to comply with the terms of the agreement. In the event of nullification, any payment due in arrears will be made to the contractor(s), but no further sums shall be owed to the contractor(s). The agreement between Sumner County and the contractor(s) is contingent upon an approved annual budget allotment, and is subject, with thirty (30) days notification, to restrictions or cancellation if budget adjustments are deemed necessary by Sumner County.

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Sumner County, Tennessee is an equal opportunity employer. Sumner County does not discriminate towards any individual or business on the basis of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status.

The successful contractor(s) agrees that they shall comply with all local, state, and federal law statutes, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In the event that any claims should arise with regards to this contract for a violation of any such local, state, or federal law, statues, rules, or regulations, the provider will indemnify and hold Sumner County harmless for any damages, including court costs or attorney fees, which might be incurred.

Any contract will be interpreted under the laws and statutes of the state of Tennessee.

Sumner County does not enter into contracts which provide for mediation or arbitration.

Any action arising from any contract made from these specifications shall be brought in the state courts in Sumner County, Tennessee or in the United States Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Additionally, it is a violation of state statues to purchase materials, supplies, services, or any other item from a vendor that is a commissioner, official, employee, or board member that has any financial or beneficial interest in such transaction.

Specific Information

Equal or Equivalent to:

Dell EqualLogic PS4210E, 48TB, 3 Year NBD onsite_________________________$____________

Dell 7200 RPM Serial Attached SCSI Hard Drive-4TB for PS4100E QTY: (Twenty Four) 24__________________________________________________$____________

For question contact Andrew Ramos Network Administrator Sumner County Finance www.aramos@sumnertn.org ATTACHMENT 1


The undersigned affirms that they are dully authorized to execute this contract, that this company, corporation, firm, partnership or individual has not prepared this proposal in collusion with any other respondent, and that the contents of this proposal as to prices, terms or conditions of said proposal have not been communicated by the undersigned nor by any employee or agent to any other person engaged in this type of business prior to the official opening of this proposal.

Company _______________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________



Phone _______________________________________________________________

Fax _______________________________________________________________

Respondent (Signature) _______________________________________________________

Respondent (Print Name and Title) ________________________________________________

Authorized Company Official (Print Name____________________________________________



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