Hard blow for Microsoft, which loses the exclusivity of the Pentagon mega cloud contract

Hard blow for Microsoft. The Pentagon’s mega JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud migration contract, which it gained exclusivity in October 2019, has been canceled. That’s what the US Department of Defense announced on July 6, 2021, ending a long legal battle.

Amazon Web Services, the world’s number one infrastructure cloud, was given the favorite to win this 10 billion dollar contract over ten years (8.5 billion euros), as an extension of the 600 million dollar contract (507 million euros) from the CIA won in 2013 under the nose and beard ofIBM. But to the surprise, the contract was awarded exclusively to Microsoft, which is only number two in the market. A result which at the time raised many questions about the fairness and transparency of the selection procedure.

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