For those who came in late, Oracle tends to think that people should do what it tells them or else it sues. It is currently in hot water for its licensing arrangements and aggressive sales tactics. However, taking on a nuclear armed military seems a little ambitious even for Oracle, particularly as its cloud product is not considered the most scalable out there.
At the centre of the problem is the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which has a massive scope, covering different levels of secrecy and classification across all branches of the military, will run for a maximum of 10 years and is worth a potential $10 billon.
In the protest, the outfit said that a single vendor award could damage innovation, competition, and security.
Oracle said that JEDI “virtually assures DoD will be locked into legacy cloud for a decade or more” at a time when cloud technology is changing at an unprecedented pace.
In other words, the US government should hedge its bets in the hope that Oracle may get better.
“The single-award approach is contrary to industry’s multi-cloud strategy, which promotes constant competition, fosters innovation and lowers prices”, the Californian giant added.
“Standardising on a single cloud today makes no more sense than standardising on a single on premise computing architecture decades ago.”
The Department of Defense has justified its decision by saying that running a multiple-award contract would slow down the bidding process, increase project costs, and complicate management. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has argued it will avoid lock-in through built-in exit points and various contractual requirements on portability and price.