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Vendor-Neutral Tendering of x86 Servers - Guideline for Public Procurement (Version 1.0)

Guidance

This guideline provides an overview of the foundations and criteria for the procurement of servers by contracting entities. It is the product of a working group under the chair of the German Ministry of the Interior’s Procurement Office and the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunication and New Media (Bitkom). This document aims to provide contracting entities of Germany’s federal, state, and local governments with a dependable tool – that is easy to understand – to help them formulate their tenders for the procurement of servers in a vendor-neutral manner free of discrimination, i. e. without the use of trademarked names and without mentioning individual manufacturers, while taking into consideration current technological standards.

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