Microsoft and AWS Prepare for New $ 10 Billion Cloud Contract with Pentagon, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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Washington: After witnessing a bitter war over the $ 10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract, the Pentagon has announced a new cloud initiative that replaces the ill-fated JEDI contract.

The Pentagon had to cancel the $ 10 billion JEDI contract that was awarded to Microsoft in 2019, leaving front-runner Amazon out of the race under Donald Trump’s administration.

Now all cloud giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle have been invited to bid for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) cloud contract.

“The government plans to award two contracts – one to Amazon Web Services AWS) and one to Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) – but intends to award to all cloud service providers (CSPs) that demonstrate their ability to respond to DoD requirements, ”the Pentagon said. said in a statement.

The JEDI contract aimed to modernize the Pentagon’s IT operations for services rendered over 10 years. After Microsoft was awarded the decade-long contract in October 2019, AWS lodged a protest against the offer directly with the DoD, challenging the decision.

Microsoft said it won the JEDI contract because the US Department of Defense felt it offered “significantly better” technology at a better price.

Amazon found the reassessment process to be very flawed and under undue pressure from former US President Trump.

Not only did JEDI, Microsoft and Amazon also agree to another $ 10 billion US National Security Agency (NSA) contract won by AWS.

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