“The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is awarding a firm-fixed price (FFP) delivery order to IBM without considering other awardees under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC), according to a justification for exception to fair opportunity (JEFO).”
“The proposed requirement from this contract is to provide a continued disaster recovery capability for CBP’s legacy Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), which CBP has already established as a cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service solution at the IBM data center.”
“’The current CBP IBM environment and enterprise architecture was developed over a period of more than 10 years. After a significant ACE outage in August 2017, OIT [Office of IT] devised an ACE Reliability plan to provide a reliable environment, prevent future data corruption, reduce potential for outages, provide flexibility to test restore procedures and provide enough capacity for the next two years while OIT migrates to the cloud,’ CBP detailed in the JEFO.”
“’The outage backed up cargo across the country and all transportation modes. As a result, CBP contracted with IBM to establish a Disaster Recovery site to ensure CBP and the trade community would not face a similar outage in the future…’” Read the full article here.
Source: CBP Continues Disaster Recovery Contract with IBM – By Jordan Smith, October 15, 2020. MeriTalk.
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