7 Things The Judge Didn't Like About IBM's CIA Cloud Legal Battle With Amazon


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IBM lost a huge CIA cloud computing contract to Amazon Web Services last month after an eight-month legal battle. To add insult to injury, a judge in the case had some choice words for the tactics IBM's legal team used in his written opinion on the case, which was published Nov. 8.

In the document, Judge Thomas C. Wheeler of the U.S. Court Of Federal Claims said IBM used "gamesmanship" to get the CIA to re-open bidding on the 10-year, $600 million deal in June, three months after the agency had chosen AWS to build its cloud.

Wheeler also called the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendation in June to re-open bidding for the contract "irrational," suggesting that IBM had no chance of winning the deal anyway.

CRN combed through Wheeler's written opinion on the case and here presents a rundown of some of his more scathing assessments of IBM's tactics.