The battle for the $10 billion Defense Department JEDI contract escalated after Oracle accused Amazon of making “undisclosed employment and bonus offers to Pentagon staff” in an amended lawsuit.
Amazon Web Services called Oracle’s claim “wildly misleading and a desperate attempt to smear the company by distorting the facts.”
Amazon is considered the favorite to win the deal, which will be awarded this summer. Oracle and IBM were eliminated from the process in April, with Amazon and Microsoft still in the running.
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The battle for the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract is heating up.
The competition for the $10 billion U.S. Department of Defense contract for the planned Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project has sparked a heated tit-for-tat between Oracle, which has been eliminated from the bidding process, and Amazon, considered the leading contender to win the deal.
At stake is the opportunity to build a major cloud computing platform that will store and manage sensitive military and defense data. Last month, the Defense Department narrowed down the main contenders to Amazon and Microsoft, eliminating Oracle and IBM.
But Oracle refused to back down, and filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon’s decision.
The tech giant escalated its legal offensive last week when it accused Amazon of offering jobs and bonuses to Defense Department staff involved in evaluating the contract bids, in an amended lawsuit filing.
“JEDI is riddled with improprieties,” the amended Oracle suit, filed last week, said. “AWS made undisclosed employment and bonus offers to at least two DoD (Dept. of Defense) JEDI officials.”
Amazon Web Services tells Business Insider that Oracle’s amended complaint is “wildly misleading and a desperate attempt to smear the company by distorting the facts.” But the company declined to comment in detail on the filing because it involves pending litigation.
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