The Pentagon introduced the Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure (JEDI) undertaking earlier this yr, prompting a feeding frenzy amongst massive tech firms wanting to get the profitable contract. Appetites have curbed a bit amid accusations the JEDI contract wasn’t ever up for grabs.
Venture JEDI is a $10 billion protection contract for a single industrial supplier to construct a cloud computing platform to assist weapons methods and categorised information storage.
Regardless of the large tech bidding battle, to listen to Oracle and IBM inform the story, Amazon‘s had it within the bag all alongside. Oracle filed a pre-award bid protest with the Authorities Accountability Workplace 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 only-vendor that IBM and Oracle seem involved about is, in fact, Amazon. However 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 technique that might make any safety professional’s eye twitch.
In response to Oracle’s petition:
DoD’s single awardee IDIQ contract strategy is opposite to statutory and regulatory necessities; opposite to the attitude of quite a few trade consultants multi-vendor IDIQ contract gives probably the most advantageous strategy for DoD’s close to time period and long run expertise 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 preserving tempo with evolving expertise.
Principally, Oracle is looking the Pentagon out for placing collectively a package deal that doesn’t seem to stick to any of its personal tips for cloud computing methods.
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 after which 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 particular firm in thoughts the 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 supply 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 bold cloud undertaking so far.
In associated information, Google rescinded its bid for the undertaking earlier this week citing moral issues. However firm management additionally stated its determination 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 Division of Protection for remark and can replace this story as essential.