IBM filed a bid protest Wednesday against the Pentagon’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract.
The pre-award protest, filed with the Government Accountability Office, comes days before the Oct. 12 deadline for the Pentagon to accept bids from cloud service providers. IBM officials told Nextgov they still plan to submit a bid for JEDI, but the company’s protest takes issue with the Defense Department’s decision to award JEDI to a single cloud service provider. “Leading global enterprises want clouds that are flexible, provide access to the best applications from multiple vendors, and can smoothly transition legacy systems. JEDI is a complete departure from these best practices.”
Oracle, another JEDI competitor, protested the JEDI solicitation in August on similar grounds. Gordy said JEDI flies in the face of the Office of Management and Budget’s Cloud Smart policy that emphasizes “The need for multi-cloud and hybrid solutions.”
“That’s not what we see in JEDI, which also ignores the intent of Congress to ensure America’s warfighters benefit from healthy competition and access to multiple technologies from multiple suppliers,” Gordy said.