Following a month-long investigation by the Pentagon, the Department of Defense said on Friday that it was sticking with Microsoft for its $ 10 billion cloud computing contract. And Amazon is not happy.
As a quick refresher: Microsoft was originally awarded the Joint Venture Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, to face off against other tech giants such as IBM, Oracle and Amazon in October 2019 in a fierce, years-long bidding process after. The contract will provide cloud computing services to the US military and is valued at $ 10 billion for services rendered over a decade.
Amazon, with its nearly 48% market share in the global cloud computing industry, was long considered a clear precursor until the final stages of the process. The pushback was swift: Amazon filed a federal court complaint claiming it only lost the contract because President Donald Trump wanted to “screw” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (who, granted, Trump for the man) The history of is not really a secret) and won a prohibition in a federal court in February for a moratorium on work in the project and an investigation into “infallible bias” and other issues in the procurement process.
While many experts pointed to a possible win for Amazon over the revaluation, it appears that the e-commerce giant will still go empty-handed. On Friday, the Department of Defense said in a statement that it had “completed a comprehensive reevaluation of the JEDI cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value for the government.”
The agency said the decision does not mean that work will begin immediately, even after February’s temporary injunction, but is “eager to begin” working with Microsoft to modernize the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure.
In response, Amazon cloud-computing arm, Amazon Web Services, taunted the DoD and Trump in a scathing post on its public sector blog, calling the government’s investigation “validating a flawed, partisan and politically corrupt decision There is nothing more than effort. ” . “
“On JEDI, President Trump allegedly ordered former Secretary Mattis to ‘screw’ Amazon, interfering in an active purchase, instructing his subordinate to do an unconventional ‘review’ before announcing the contract award and then Prohibited an investigation into its own political interference, ”the company wrote.
“While corrective action can be used to resolve protests efficiently, in fact, this corrective action has not changed anything, wasting five months that could have been spent to get to the bottom of these serious concerns, and only A decision designed to distract from our wider concerns and reaffirmation that was corrupted by the President’s selfishness. “
Amazon has apparently not waged this battle yet, as the Post stated that a “fair, objective and unbiased review” of the purchase process would have to continue, adding: “The question we continue to ask ourselves is whether United Are states presidents to be allowed to pursue their own personal and political ends to use the budget of the Department of Defense? ”
You can read full details here. TLDR: Amazon royally is urinating and the government can fall prey to this contract with its cold, dead hands.
On the other hand, Microsoft was very pleased with the results. In a statement to several outlets, the company’s spokesperson said, “We appreciate that after careful review, DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best price,” the spokesperson said.
In short, it appears that the JEDI saga is still not over so grab some popcorn and pop in. This is an opposite.