Nancy Gorman • over 10 years ago
Clarification Regarding External Servers or SaaS
External servers and SaaS were acknowledged as potential approaches in the Federal Register and Challenge Updates. In the Contestant Process Overview, “Contest rules require that the contestant commit to not modifying any of the components of the submission that may remain under its control (for example, external servers, or Software as a Service (SaaS) components) from this time until the completion of the evaluation period.” Also, under Role of this Contest, “As used in this notice, ``product'' means either a discrete software module which is installed on VA servers or a software service.”
However, in the Submission Checklist, you state additional required documentation should consist of: “Software as a Service (SaaS) code while the evaluation is underway (if Software as a Service is used) … These items must be stored in each one of the VMs, with the content corresponding to that specific VM.” Licenses to use and inspect the software in the VM are also required.
In the Instructions on Use of Testing Environment, you state “CTest is a powerful automatic testing fixture with the ability to interact through the web with remote repositories and dash-boards. For the purposes of this contest, your version of the environment has these network capabilities removed to enhance confidentiality during the contest.”
Please provide further clarification regarding the test environment.
1. Does the VA require the Scheduling COTS product (to include the server and clients) to be installed on the 3 VMs that host the VistA environments?
2. What network services will be available in the virtual environment to allow an external server or SaaS to communicate with the VA-provided VMs for the purposes of evaluation?
3. What services are available to support communication among VMs?
4. You state, “the virtual environment is composed of a collection of VMs that will be made available to contestants through remote connections via username/password secure logins”. How will the evaluation team communicate with the VMs during the submission review/evaluation process?
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