DoD lets Google, Oracle bid on JEDI alternative contract

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The U.S. Division of Protection (DoD) opened the door for Google and Oracle to bid on a multi-billion-dollar cloud contract alongside Amazon Net Companies (AWS) and Microsoft, after conducting a market overview which decided all 4 are able to assembly its necessities.

The businesses shall be vying for the DoD’s Joint Warfighter Cloud Functionality (JWCC) contract, which was introduced in July as a alternative for the company’s scrapped Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure (JEDI) award. DoD initially named Amazon and Microsoft as the one certified bidders however mentioned it might undertake an evaluation to see whether or not another U.S.-based corporations might meet its requirements.

That overview is now full, DoD spokesperson Russell Goemaere informed Fierce.

“We assessed every Cloud Service Supplier’s (CSP’s) capacity to satisfy the JWCC high-level necessities and projected functionality supply schedule, as outlined within the Pre-Solicitation Discover,” Goemaere acknowledged. “We had open dialogue with U.S.-based hyperscale CSPs and gave honest alternative to the CSPs to submit their functionality statements as they relate to the JWCC high-level necessities. We’re assured that our market analysis was exhaustive and resulted in a good and cheap remaining willpower.”

DoD Deputy Chief Info Officer for the Info Enterprise Danielle Metz defined in a separate assertion the JWCC requires CSPs to supply “functionality and parity of service in any respect three classification ranges, built-in cross area options, international availability of tactical edge environments and enhanced cybersecurity controls.”

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Securing the power to bid is a significant win for each Google and Oracle. The previous final week issued a public plea asking the DoD to provide it an opportunity, arguing its capabilities have superior considerably because the JEDI procurement. The latter, in the meantime, not too long ago misplaced a bid to have the Supreme Court docket hear a authorized case it filed difficult the JEDI award course of.

Goemaere mentioned the DoD is aiming to make awards for the JWCC contract in Q3 of the federal government’s fiscal 2022. He careworn, although, that “simply because a selected CSP receives a solicitation doesn’t imply it’ll obtain an award.”

The DoD’s solicitation discover could be discovered right here.