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Sifting Through the Oracle-Microsoft-AWS Drama

January 10, 2020 / Kelly Teal

The drama surrounding the federal government’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud initiative roils on, even as the project itself now has fallen more than a year behind target rollout dates.For starters, attorneys for the U.S. Department of Defense are working to toss Oracle’s lawsuit now that the JEDI contract has gone to Microsoft.
Oracle first sued early last year, claiming the government should award the initiative to more than one vendor. It also has since secondarily alleged that certain Defense Department officials had a conflict of interest that would favor Amazon Web Services.Now, though, federal attorneys are arguing that most of Oracle’s case turned “moot” once JEDI went to Microsoft, and say it’s time for the lawsuit to go to pasture.Oracle requested that AWS be eliminated from the JEDI competition, and DoD has effectively granted this relief, albeit for different reasons, by the award to Microsoft,&rd...