Pentagon awards $9 billion in cloud deals to four companies


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The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it has awarded $9 billion in cloud computing contracts to Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle, after canceling an earlier deal in a dispute between the two companies. among those companies.

Joint battle cloud (JWCC) ability is a “multiple awards contract The vehicle will provide the DoD with the opportunity to obtain commercial cloud services and capabilities directly from a Commercial Cloud Service Provider,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Department of Defense spokeswoman Commander Jessica McNulty told AFP that the JWCC “includes four contracts with an overall ceiling of $9 billion.”

In July last year, the Pentagon said it had canceled a $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract, ignoring a bitter dispute between Amazon and Microsoft.

The Department of Defense said the contract was canceled because it no longer met current needs and that it would begin a process for a new “multi-cloud/multi-vendor” computing contract.

Microsoft in late 2019 won the contract, sparking Amazon’s challenge on the grounds that then-president Donald Trump’s hateful politics may have improperly influenced the outcome.

Amazon alleges that it was dropped from the deal because of what it called Trump’s retaliation against the company and its chief executive Jeff Bezos.

It has been seen as a leading candidate to provide technology for JEDI, with Amazon Web Services dominating the cloud computing sector and the company already providing classified servers to other companies. Government agencies including the CIA.

Officials said at the time that instead of continuing the deal in the face of litigation, the government would start over with the goal of getting the most up-to-date technology.

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