"Throughout the year-long JEDI saga, countless concerns have been raised that this solicitation is aimed at a specific vendor".
Sam Gordy, general manager of IBM U.S. Federal, said in an October 10 blog post that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation was flawed because its single-cloud mandate "denies America's warfighters access to the best technology available across multiple vendors, complicates the integration of legacy applications and walls off access to future innovations". White also confirmed the company's intent "to deliver Azure Government services to meet the highest classification requirements, with capabilities for handling top secret USA classified data". As Google moves aside, Amazon Web Services is likely to win the bid, as per the market analysts.
Google is taking a pass at a potential $10 billion contract. However, it dropped out because it lacked the certifications required to host some classified data and argued that the deal might clash with its AI principles.
"By bringing the full range of Data Box offerings to our government customers, we expect to enable mission-critical scenarios requiring analysis of larger volumes of data, wherever that data is gathered", White said.
The missive quotes a report by the US Office of Management and Budget which called for greater use of hybrid cloud systems run by multiple vendors.
The Pentagon's JEDI contract will be awarded to a single bidder, which led to a urging the government to split the contact up between multiple tech companies.
IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud. "Starting with a number of firms while at the same time trying to build out an enterprise capability just simply did not make sense".
Those who are looking to take a swing at landing a massive $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon will not have to worry about competing with Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
The JEDI contract opportunity attracted interest from numerous big cloud firms.
Amazon is widely considered a front-runner for the contract and already has a $US600 ($843) million contract with the Central Intelligence Agency, with rival companies complaining that using a single vendor for JEDI would essentially hand it a monopoly position in the defence market.
The company later said it would entirely ban the development of AI software that can be used in weapons systems and establish a new set of AI principles that would set limits on the company's work moving forward.