Oracle, despite being eliminated from contention for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract, is still fighting to keep rival Amazon Web Services from winning the deal. In a new federal court complaint, Oracle alleges that AWS offered jobs and bonuses to a Pentagon employee and a Navy official involved in the contract, FedScoop reported. Oracle’s persistence shows how it sees AWS as the biggest threat to its dominance of the database market.
The Pentagon has said it plans to choose one cloud provider for the deal and last month narrowed its options to AWS and Microsoft. Even if Oracle’s efforts to thwart AWS are successful, it’s doubtful Oracle founder and current CTO Larry Ellison will take a victory lap, since he spent much of the 1990s and 2000s in a bitter battle with Microsoft and its former Chairman and CEO Bill Gates.