Thursday, May 26, 2022

Slide Slide
Home Cloud Cloud contract: Microsoft challenges $ 10 billion contract won by AWS

Cloud contract: Microsoft challenges $ 10 billion contract won by AWS

The JEDI cloud contract was meant to modernise the Pentagon’s IT operations for services rendered over 10 years

This time over another $10 billion cloud contract by the US National Security Agency (NSA) won by Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retail arm of Amazon, Microsoft and Amazon have once again locked horns after a bitter war over the $10 billion JEDI Cloud computing contract.

According to a report in Washington Technology, Microsoft is challenging that decision at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), “saying NSA didn’t conduct a proper evaluation” while considering a Cloud provider for its new project code-named ‘WildandStormy’.

By 29 October, a decision is expected back from the GAO.

In a statement to NextGov, an NSA spokesperson said that “the Agency will respond to the protest in accordance with appropriate federal regulations”.

The NSA is pursuing a “Hybrid Compute Initiative” to manage what goes into a “commercial cloud infrastructure and what pieces cannot be moved”.

Leaving the favourite Amazon out of the race during the Donald Trump administration, the US Department of Defense, last month, announced that Pentagon cancelled $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud contract that was given to Microsoft in 2019.

The Pentagon said that “due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversancy, and industry advances, the JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its needs”.

The JEDI cloud contract was meant to modernise the Pentagon’s IT operations for services rendered over 10 years. After Microsoft was awarded the decade-long contract in October 2019, Amazon Wed Services (AWS) had filed a bid protest directly to DoD, challenging the decision.

Microsoft had said that it won the JEDI cloud contract because the US Department of Defense found that it offered “significantly superior” technology at a better price.

Amazon believed that the re-evaluation process was highly flawed, and subject to undue pressure from the former US President Donald Trump.

Also read: CIO News interviews Shri Wangki Lowang, Minister (IT) of Arunachal Pradesh

Do Follow: CIO News LinkedIn Account | CIO News Facebook | CIO News Youtube | CIO News Twitter

About us:

CIO News, a proprietary of Mercadeo, produces award-winning content and resources for IT leaders across any industry through print articles and recorded video interviews on topics in the technology sector such as Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Cloud, Robotics, Cyber-security, Data, Analytics, SOC, SASE, among other technology topics.

CIO News also covers the professional journeys of CIOs across all industries through print articles.

khushbu
Khushbu Sonihttps://www.cionews.co.in
Chief Editor - CIO News | Founder & CEO - Mercadeo

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -1x1 banner1x1 banner1x1 banner1x1 banner

Most Popular

INT. on global expansion path; to hire 2500 in next 3 years with key focus on leadership hiring

Founded in 1997, INT. has charted a remarkable course dotted with successful deliveries and steady YoY revenue and profit growth over the last two...

L&T Technology Services inaugurates Engineering R&D Centre in Poland to provide Embedded and Digital Solutions to Clients

Krakow ER&D Centre to cater to major industries including Automotive and Hi-Tech; LTTS to ramp up the centre headcount to over 300 engineers India, May...

Schools and colleges must start building a technologically inclined foundation for students, says Manoj Madhavan, CIO at Blue Dart Express Limited

To anyone looking to begin their careers in information technology or any of its sister streams, my only insight on this front is: opportunities...

Indian Public Cloud market to reach $13.5bn by 2026

To automate processes and drive innovation with public cloud as the foundation, the increased spend is expected to continue as enterprises invest in emerging...

Recent Comments