The Pentagon introduced the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) challenge earlier this yr, prompting a feeding frenzy amongst massive tech firms keen to get the profitable contract. Appetites have curbed a bit amid accusations the JEDI contract wasn’t ever up for grabs.
Project JEDI is a $10 billion protection contract for a single business supplier to construct a cloud computing platform to help weapons programs and labeled knowledge storage.
Despite the massive tech bidding battle, to hear Oracle and IBM inform the story, Amazon‘s had it within the bag all alongside. Oracle filed a pre-award bid protest with the Government Accountability Office in August citing, amongst different issues, the truth that the Pentagon intends to award the contract to a single vendor. And IBM filed a similar protest this week, simply days earlier than the bidding deadline on October 12.
The single-vendor that IBM and Oracle seem involved about is, after all, Amazon. But the protests are about extra than simply the federal government being unfair, it’s additionally concerning the Pentagon handing the keys to the dominion over to a single vendor – a method that may make any safety professional’s eye twitch.
According to Oracle’s petition:
DoD’s single awardee IDIQ contract method is opposite to statutory and regulatory necessities; opposite to the angle of quite a few business specialists multi-vendor IDIQ contract affords probably the most advantageous method for DoD’s close to time period and long run know-how necessities; opposite to the market pattern towards multi-cloud environments; and opposite to DoD’s personal said aims of flexibility, innovation, a broad industrial base, and maintaining tempo with evolving know-how.
Basically, Oracle is asking the Pentagon out for placing collectively a bundle that doesn’t seem to adhere to any of its personal pointers for cloud computing programs.
IBM’s in whole settlement with Oracle. In a strongly-worded official blog post yesterday the corporate said:
IBM is aware of what it takes to construct a world-class cloud. No enterprise on this planet would construct a cloud the best way JEDI would and then lock in to it for a decade. JEDI turns its again on the preferences of Congress and the administration, is a foul use of taxpayer and was written with only one firm in thoughts. America’s warfighters deserve higher.
Accusations the Pentagon has had a selected firm in thoughts your complete time aren’t solely unwarranted. When particularly requested if the stringent necessities for the contract had been designed particularly in order that solely Amazon‘s cloud service, AWS, would meet them, the government failed to present a response.
If Amazon will get the contract, AWS will doubtlessly have a 10-year reign as the only supplier, innovator, and host for the Pentagon’s most formidable cloud challenge to date.
In associated information, Google rescinded its bid for the challenge earlier this week citing moral issues. But firm management additionally stated its choice was influenced by the truth that it didn’t have the certifications required, which lends credibility to Oracle and IBM’s complaints.
We’ve reached out to the Department of Defense for remark and will replace this story as needed.