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Oracle protest delays DISA’s cloud storage contract award

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s planned award of a $427 million contract for cloud storage services has been delayed by a pre-award protest by Oracle Corp.

DISA had planned to make an award this month for the contract, known as Enterprise Storage Services II, but the protest will push any award into the fall, Nick Wakeman reports at Washington Technology. The Government Accountability Office has until Oct. 3 to rule on Oracle’s protest, the reasons for which were not released.

The agency last year issued a solicitation looking for a vendor to supply on-demand storage in an cloud environment that would allow access via desktop computers and mobile devices, support Common Access Card authentication and be capable of handling classified and unclassified data.

The solution would allow the Defense Department to replace its current storage system, which DISA said had exceeded its technical lifespan. ViON Corp. is the incumbent contractor, operating under a $700 million contract awarded in 2007.

Oracle’s protest marks the latest delay in the contract. DISA first issued a request for proposals in September 2013 and twice extended the deadline for responses and modified the RFP six times because of questions from prospective vendors. The contract will be for four years with two one-year options and a ceiling of $427 million.

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