“The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposes to award a Firm-Fixed-Price sole source purchase order for Saltstack Software licenses and maintenance.
The requirement is to provide renewal of Saltstack software licenses. To support the migration of applications to cloud infrastructure, CBP requires Saltstack software to support Configuration Management and provisioning the infrastructure with Infrastructure as Code (IAC), which allows CBP application teams to automatically manage and provision through code, rather than using a manual process, increasing system efficiency.
Saltstack software is peculiar to Saltstack, Inc. and only the manufacturer can make modifications or perform maintenance on these proprietary products. Saltstack partners with resellers, however, market research indicates that best pricing would be available by procuring the products directly from Saltstack. Competitor products similar to Saltstack are less scalable, and due to this products queuing mechanism, it is more secure. Procuring alternate software from another manufacturer would require complete infrastructure replacement at a substantial duplication of cost to the Government that could not be expected to be recovered through competition.”