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IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes

IBM announced yesterday that it has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office over the structure of the Pentagon’s winner-take-all $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract. The protest came just a day before the bidding process is scheduled to close. As IBM put it in a blog post, they took issues with the single vendor approach. They are certainly not alone.

Just about every vendor short of Amazon, which has remained mostly quiet, has been complaining about this strategy. IBM certainly faces a tough fight going up against Amazon and Microsoft.

IBM doesn’t disguise the fact that it thinks the contract has been written for Amazon to win and they believe the one-vendor approach simply doesn’t make sense. “No business in the world would build a cloud the way JEDI would and then lock in to it for a decade. JEDI turns its back on the preferences of Congress and the administration, is a bad use of taxpayer dollars and was written with just one company in mind.” IBM wrote in the blog post explaining why it was protesting the deal before a decision was made or the bidding was even closed.

For the record, DOD spokesperson Heather Babb told TechCrunch last month that the bidding is open and no vendor is favored. “The JEDI Cloud final RFP reflects the unique and critical needs of DOD, employing the best practices of competitive pricing and security. No vendors have been pre-selected,” she said.

Much like Oracle, which filed a protest of its own back in August, IBM is a traditional vendor that was late to the cloud. It began a journey to build a cloud business in 2013 when it purchased Infrastructure as a Service vendor SoftLayer and has been using its checkbook to buy software services to add on top of SoftLayer ever since. IBM has concentrated on building cloud services around AI, security, big data, blockchain and other emerging technologies.

Both IBM and Oracle have a problem with the one-vendor approach, especially one that locks in the government for a 10-year period. It’s worth pointing out that the contract actually is an initial two-year deal with two additional three year options and a final two year option. The DOD has left open the possibility this might not go the entire 10 years.

It’s also worth putting the contract in perspective. While 10 years and $10 billion is nothing to sneeze at, neither is it as market altering as it might appear, not when some are predicting the cloud will be $100 billion a year market very soon.

IBM uses the blog post as a kind of sales pitch as to why it’s a good choice, while at the same time pointing out the flaws in the single vendor approach and complaining that it’s geared toward a single unnamed vendor that we all know is Amazon.

The bidding process closes today, and unless something changes as a result of these protests, the winner will be selected next April


Source: TechCrunch

Xbox Reveals Details of Its Streaming Service, and the Rest of the Week in Games

Xbox’s planned service, known internally as Project xCloud, could let you stream games anywhere.
Source: Wired

A public/private autonomous driving institute blooms under the Arizona sun

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the Institute for Automated Mobility (IAM), partnering government, academic, and private organizations to develop self-driving tech and safety standards. Intel is the first private-sector member.

The post A public/private autonomous driving institute blooms under the Arizona sun appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Enjoy the internet anywhere with LTE on the new Samsung Chromebook Plus v2

With the new addition of LTE, the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 should now more enticing for consumers who just want a device for traveling and enjoying the internet wherever they go.

The post Enjoy the internet anywhere with LTE on the new Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

YouTube, Reddit, and the Ever-Tightening Orthodoxy of the Rabbit Hole

Obsessive online learning can often lead to nothing but bottomless pits.
Source: Wired

To Curb Climate Change, Tax Carbon—Then Give Americans the Money

Opinion: This Big Oil-backed climate tax is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on.
Source: Wired

NASA's bid to get humans back to the moon video – CNET

More than 40 years after humans last visited the moon, a new space race is heating up to get us back there.
Source: CNET

This exosuit is made of cloth video – CNET

A soft exosuit designed at Harvard will make you walk further with less fatigue
Source: CNET

NASA and Russia's aborted Soyuz flight shows how far we've come – CNET

The Soyuz MS-10 mission hurtled back to Earth like a bullet but is a symbol of space cooperation.
Source: CNET

How to jump start your car – Roadshow

Jump starting your car’s dead battery is easy and safe. You can do this.
Source: CNET

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