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Oracle sues the U.S. Department of Defense again: It is illegal to award a $10 billion JEDI contract to a single company

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Photo: Larry & Middot; Larry Ellison delivers a keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld conference.

Tencent Technology News, December 13 news, according to foreign media reports, Oracle filed a lawsuit in the US federal court last week, once again accused the US Department of Defense and a single supplier to sign up for 10 years, worth 10 billion US dollars; The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is unfair and illegal. The indictment is sealed at Oracle's request, but can be found in public records with excerpts.

As early as August of this year, Oracle filed a similar complaint with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) and cited the same argument. The US Government Accountability Office rejected Oracle's claim last month and said: "The decision of the Ministry of Defense to award a JEDI contract to a single company is in compliance with relevant laws, because the agency reasonably believes that this approach is in the best interests of the government. . ”

However, this did not prevent Oracle from taking action again. The company has filed a lawsuit in the US Federal Court of Appeals, claiming that the Department of Defense's bidding process is unfair and violates federal procurement laws.

Oracle's senior vice president Ken · Ken Glueck reiterated this in his statement. He said: "The technology industry is innovating around the next generation of cloud computing technology at an unprecedented rate. As currently envisioned, the JEDI program can almost guarantee that the Department of Defense will be locked in the tradition for the next ten years or more. In cloud computing technology. The practice of awarding a JEDI contract to a single company violates the procurement law and is inconsistent with the industry's aggressive cloud strategy, which promotes continued competition, promotes rapid innovation, and lowers prices. ”

The tendering process for the JEDI contract is about identifying the Department of Defense's cloud computing strategy for the next decade, but it is important to note that although this is a 10-year contract, it has also designed several DoD options. Point, rd, the initial two-year period, two three-year periods, and the last two years, which laid the groundwork for a contract that could not be fulfilled for 10 years.

For months, Oracle has complained that it believes the contract is intended to benefit the industry leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oracle's co-CEO Safra Catz even filed a complaint directly with the US President in April of this year, even before the project requirements proposal (RFP) process was launched.

IBM made a similar protest in October, citing many of the same arguments. In its indictment filed with the federal court, Oracle cited complaints from IBM and other bidders, including Google and Microsoft, which all supported Oracle's view that a cloudy provider's solution would make more sense.

The Ministry of Justice, which represents the US government in the complaint, declined to comment. The US Department of Defense also stated that it will not comment on pending litigation. But in September, Defense Department spokesman Heather · Heather Babb said that the contract RFP was not written in advance to favor any supplier. JEDI's final RFP reflects the unique and critical needs of the Department of Defense and presents competitive pricing and security requirements. Babu said at the time: "There is no pre-selected supplier. ”

But this did not prevent Oracle from constantly complaining about the process to the parties. The lawsuit was only the latest action of the company. It is worth noting that the RFP process ends in October and the winner will not be elected until April. In other words, companies such as Oracle seem to believe that they have failed before the supplier selection process is completed.

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