DHS CBP OIT awards Mainframe-as-a-Service follow-on task to IBM

Notice ID  20119258

Contract Award Number: HHSN316201200030W

“CBP intends to award a firm-fixed price (FFP) delivery order without considering other awardees under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) CIO-SP3 Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract number HHSN316201200030W, pursuant to FAR 16.505(a)(4)(ii). The proposed contractor is International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), 6710 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817-1834.”

“The proposed requirement is to continue with the provided cloud offering at the IBM cloud facility, inclusive of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), herein referred to as Mainframe as a Service (MFaaS). This requirement is a follow-on to task order 70B04C18F00001253, which expires on January 31, 2021. This provides an interim solution to continue supporting mission critical applications, mainly collections, residing on the mainframe platform, while the application owner, Cargo Systems Program Directorate (CSPD), completes application modernization to eventually migrate to a distributed platform. The solution also allowed OIT to migrate off of existing hardware and software in the National Data Center (NDC) that is pending closure, and into a commercial cloud service model, as required by OMB and DHS. IBM will continue to provide all mainframe hardware, software and associated support up to and including the z/OS operating system.”

“The maximum period of performance is for 1 year (February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022)”

“Only one awardee is capable of providing the supplies or services required at the level of quality required because the supplies or services ordered are unique or highly specialized. Only the IBM solution is acceptable because the products required are unique or highly specialized and are items peculiar to one manufacturer. This requirement supports specific OIT hardware and software products proprietary to IBM, which are currently installed and in use to support mission critical applications. The current mainframe environment is running on a cloud base platform of IBM brand hardware and software with additional supporting third party products. The Government does not own the data rights to the data or software code and cannot reproduce the IBM products. IBM has sole proprietary rights and no other company has the data rights to sell, unless the company is an authorized distributor or reseller of IBM products.”

“CBP’s current mainframe infrastructure is operating in IBM’s proprietary hardware and software that cannot be reasonably migrated to another platform or vendor without a multi-year effort. The current products directly support mission critical applications, specifically…”

“The Government intends to use the period covered by the proposed task order to continue the refactoring and transition off of the mainframe platform to a distributed platform.

On July 27, 2020, after two years of in-depth analysis and coordination, CBP received notification the Technology Modernization (TMF) Board was awarding CBP $15 million to modernize Collections to a cloud-based solution. CBP intends to utilize these funds to accelerate Collections and ultimately retire the Mainframe.

CBP’s Enterprise Cloud and Integration Service (ECIS) requirement is planned to be solicited during fiscal year (FY) 2021. ECIS will help manage CBP’s expanding use of commercial cloud across its operations. Once the application is hosted on a distributed platform, it can be supported by numerous cloud providers, thus lessening the barriers to competition.”

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Awardee Name: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
Contract Duration: 12 months
Total Contract Value: $21,744,222.04
Funding Agency: U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
Number of Bidders: 1
RFP ID: None
Award ID: 70B04C21F00000032

Source: G2Xchange

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