RFP: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities RFP for Recursive DNS Services

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:38


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the fifth-largest system of higher education in the United States. It is comprised of 31 two-year and four-year state colleges and universities with 54 campuses located in 47 Minnesota communities. The system serves approximately 430,000 students each year. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an independent state entity that is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.  The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system, other than the University of Minnesota campuses. For more information about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, please view its website at www.mnscu.edu.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (Compact), through its governing body - the Commission, is joining the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in competitively soliciting proposals for Recursive DNS Services, with the intent to extend access to the resulting contract award to entities eligible to purchase under contracts held by MHEC.

Nature of RFP

Minnesota State is requesting proposals to assist in developing a contract with a cloud-based solution provider that offers enterprise recursive DNS services. Specifically, Minnesota State is looking for enterprise recursive DNS services from a security perspective; blocking of malware, botnets and phishing that uses predictive analytics/intelligence as well as a large network of threat intelligence feeds to stop attackers.

General Selection Criteria

General criteria upon which proposals will be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ability to provide recursive DNS Cloud Services;
  • Ability to meet or exceed the technical requirements;
  • Experience in government/higher education;
  • Technical support, implementation, training, and communication; and
  • Cost.

Selection and Implementation Timeline

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 10:00 A.M. CST

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 3:00 P.M. CST

January 16, 2017 

Publish RFP notice in State Register

Questions are due by email from possible responders

Responses to questions posted

Deadline for RFP proposal submissions

Deadline for executing contract

Any questions please contact: Dan Duffy (email: dan.duffy@so.mnscu.edu, phone: 651-201-1648)
The RFP can be downloaded at the following URL: http://www.csc.mnscu.edu/sourcing/RFP.html


It is also the intent of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to extend access to this competitive sourcing event and resulting contract award to entities eligible to purchase under contracts held by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (“MHEC”). Upon final award, and execution of contract with Minnesota State, vendor(s) shall enter in to an addendum with MHEC to extend the contract to MHEC eligible entities. MHEC reserves the right to add additional terms and conditions and modify the scope of the contract in the MHEC participating addendum. Additional information on MHEC can be found at http://www.mhec.org and MHEC technology initiatives http://www.mhectech.org.

Please contact Nathan Sorensen, MHEC Strategic IT Procurement Officer with any questions (nathans@mhec.org).