Software giant Oracle has told President Trump that his plans to select just one cloud provider to run the Pentagon's IT make no sense.
The tech giant's co-CEO Safra Catz told journalists at Oracle's offices in Petach Tikva, Israel that she had met with Trump to discuss the US Defense Department's cloud-computing contract and was told that the Pentagon's plan is to find only one, sole provider.
She was quick to challenge the idea, she added.
"It just made no sense," she said. "I never heard of something like a single cloud and I would challenge anyone to point at a significant commercial customer who has one cloud."
The Pentagon intends to award a single contract for multi-year cloud services. The contract could go to one team made up of multiple companies. A final request for proposals, which outlines a contract as long as 10 years, is scheduled to be released in May and awarded by the end of September.
According to Bloomberg, Catz criticized the bidding process at a private dinner with Trump earlier this month.
I never heard of something like a single cloud and I would challenge anyone to point at a significant commercial customer who has one cloud
The co-CEO, who shares the title with Mark Hurd, added that the process seemed designed to benefit Amazon's cloud platform AWS.
"I have no idea why they were given unfair advantage," she added. "I have no idea why anyone would think that is a good idea."
According to Catz, Trump told her that "he was very confident that the Pentagon would have a fair review".
The news comes not long after the Pentagon announced it intends to move the department's 3.4 million users and four million devices to the cloud, and said it would be awarding one cloud company with the contract to do so.
Pentagon officials, including Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, have said on several occasions that no decision about the contract has been pre-decided and that bids will be considered on their merits.
The winner-takes-all contract will be awarded in September.
Pentagon acquisitions chief, Ellen Lord, said in a statement the competition is "fair and open" and won't side with any provider in particular.
"No decisions have been made and we are working with a variety of companies," Lord said. "I see no focus toward one company whatsoever."
IBM, Amazon and Microsoft are also said to be in the running.
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