Oracle and IBM snubbed as Pentagon picks last two clouds suppliers for $10bn job.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have been chosen to continue competing for the Pentagon’s cloud computing contract, the United States of Defense said on Wednesday. The extremely generally desired Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract is worth $10 billion and is now part of a vast modernization of the Pentagon info technology systems which could take up to a decade. I can confirm that Microsoft and AWS are the firms which met the minimum requirements outlined, division spokeswoman Elissa Smith said in a statement to Reuters.
Microsoft, AWS, IBM and Oracle were the front runners for the contract for some time, especially after Google pulled out in October 2018, referencing a clash of ethical values. However this last solution is an insult to both Oracle and IBM. Oracle has stayed in controversy over the contract, despite opposing its vendor specifications. In December, the cloud and database business launched a second round of legal proceedings over the contract, filing a lawsuit against the Department of Defense from the United States Court of Federal Claims. The organization’s original action was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office. Oracle contested the propriety of the procurement process after acquiring communications in that an official called coworkers expressing support for AWS competitions dums.
The technology giant alleged that 2 individuals who helped lead the JEDI job, Deap Ubhi, who served as JEDI Project Manager in the DoD, and Anthony DeMartino, chief of staff for the deputy secretary of Defense, were conflicted due to their relationship with AWS. Ubhi, the lawsuit says, worked at AWS until joining the Defense Digital Service in the summer of 2016. He returned to AWS as General Manager in November 2017. The GAO has ever maintained the single vendor approach doesn’t violate any laws and for problems of national security the process is from the government’s best interests. IBM issued a similar struggle against a unique supplier process, which can be thought to violate procurement rules, but that case was blocked. But with IBM and Oracle on from the film, it falls to 2 of the business’s largest cloud suppliers, Microsoft and AWS, to battle it out.