MHEC’s computer hardware and related services contracts are the result of a competitive RFP process completed in October 2014. For the purpose of this RFP, there were four product categories: Category 1: Desktop Hardware and Services, Category 2: Laptop Hardware and Services, Category 3: Tablet Devices and Services, and Category 4: Server & Storage Hardware and Services. Eight proposals were received and upon meeting all of the requirements of the RFP committee selected to award: Dell (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4); HP Enterprise (Category 4); HP Inc. (Categories 1, 2, and 3); Lenovo (United States) Inc. (Categories 1, 2, and 3); Lenovo Global (Category 4); and Oracle (Category 4).
Every vendor contract page has a vendor purchase site where you can get up-to-the-minute pricing for specific configurations as well as purchase product directly.
Typically, hardware vendors provide special "bundle" pricing on configurations. These prices are 20-35% lower than their discounted educational or commercial pricing, and when combined with volume discounts can provide very cost effective purchases for your institution.
Several of these contracts also allow purchases by faculty, staff, and students. This can provide an excellent way to economize as well as get equipment that is directly compatible with what you have at work.