|(a) Eligible DCS Customers.
(1) Designated State Agencies.
(A) In accordance with Texas Government Code Chapter
771, each participating state agency shall execute an Interagency
Contract with the department prior to the start of services.
(B) Exemption Process. A designated state agency requesting
exemption from all or part of the Data Center Services shall provide
to the designated DIR representative:
(i) Executive summary that describes the reason(s)
for designated customer's requested exemption, signed by the agency
head or designee;
(ii) Agency certification that includes documentation
in which designated customer certifies that the proposed alternative
to Data Center Services:
(I) Is financially viable;
(II) Protects state agency data;
(III) Is in the best interest of the State of Texas;
(IV) Is compatible with the current Data Center Services
(iii) Upon receipt of all required documentation, the
department shall review and provide a formal determination to the
requesting designated customer within 30 calendar days. The department's
determination will be based on the best interest of the State.
(2) Discretionary State Agencies. In accordance with
Texas Government Code Chapter 771, each participating state agency
shall execute an Interagency Contract with the department defining
the services to be provided prior to the start of services.
(3) Local Government Entity. In accordance with Texas
Government Code Chapter 791, each participating local government shall
execute an Interlocal Contract with the department defining the services
to be provided prior to the start of services.
(b) Request for Services.
(1) For prospective DCS Customers initiating service:
(A) Prior to providing services, a request for new
services shall be submitted via a written request addressed to the
designated DIR representative. The written request shall, at a minimum,
include the DCS Customer's estimated compute volume and service requirements.
(B) Upon receipt of any such request to initiate service,
a cost estimate will be provided by the DCS Program to the prospective
(2) An existing DCS Customer requesting additional
services offered under this rule shall follow the policies and procedures
established for all DCS Customers documented in the Service Management
(A) Upon receipt of any such request for additional
services, the DCS Program will provide a cost estimate to the DCS
(B) Along with the cost estimate, a formal notice from
the DCS Program to the DCS Customer shall include:
(i) The scope of the services to be provided; and
(ii) The implementation schedule.
(C) A DCS Customer seeking to obtain project work or
other service changes shall submit a request via the online Service