Linoma Gets GSA Schedule 70 Contract
May 21, 2013 Alex Woodie
Linoma Software just increased the potential marketplace for its GoAnywhere software as the result of being awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 contract, which streamlines the purchase of the managed file transfer (MFT) software by federal, state, and local governments.
The folks at Linoma had been working on the GSA Schedule 70 contract for some time. Attaining such a contract involves a fairly comprehensive investigation of the vendor and its products, and can take up to a year. Just the same, the process went through quickly for Linoma, says Dirk Zwart, director of technology alliances for Linoma.
“The application process requires planning, research, and coordination across business units,” Zwart says in a press release. “We were able to complete the process in what I would consider record time.”
The contract includes all three products in the GoAnywhere suite, including GoAnywhere Services, GoAnywhere Director, and GoAnywhere Gateway. All of the products run natively on a number of platforms, including IBM i, Unix, Windows, Linux, and Linux for z/OS. The products support an array of protocols (FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP); support encryption capabilities; queue jobs for execution on servers; and keep an audit trail of all activities. GoAnywhere Director is the most feature-rich product, and offers some additional capabilities not found in GoAnywhere Services, including support for PGP and AES encryption, file conversion capabilities, and the capability to do direct database connections.
Under GSA Schedule 70 contracts, vendors are required to sell products at below market value, which helps to provide a good deal for taxpayers’ money. Bob Luebbe, chief architect for Linoma, says the GSA Schedule 70 contract will give governments secure file transfer capabilities in time for the lower government spending managed by the sequester.
“Linoma Software has been providing the government solutions for data encryption and secure file transfer solutions for a long time,” Luebbe says in a press release. “This GSA contract gives agencies the ability to meet presidential and sequester guidelines to reduce costs by streamlining processes and automating workloads.”