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The $10 billion JEDI cloud project

Date: 17 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The United States Department of Defense said it was reconsidering its awarding of the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft, after rival tech giant Amazon slammed the bidding process.

 

Background

Amazon, which is a market leader in cloud computing technology, had called the bidding process flawed, and made the argument that it was not considered for the contract because of US President Donald Trump’s dislike of the company and its CEO Jeff Bezos.

 

Details

JEDI cloud project

  • The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project is a major cloud computing contract at the US Department of Defence (DoD) that will allow the country’s military to improve communications with soldiers on the battlefield, with artificial intelligence being utilised to enhance fighting capabilities and war planning.

  • The project is to be a worldwide, highly available, exponentially elastic, secure, resilient cloud computing and storage environment that seamlessly extends from the homefront to the tactical edge and which will enable rapid development and deployment of new applications and advanced capabilities.

  • The JEDI project is seen as a shift in the DoD’s strategy of acquiring cloud services. The JEDI project will store vast amounts of classified data, and will be the DoD’s first war cloud.

  • This week, US government lawyers said in a court filing that the DoD wishes to reconsider its award decision, seeking 120 days to reassess the same. The reconsideration, however, would be based on technical grounds such as pricing, and not on Amazon’s allegation that Trump unduly influenced the bidding process.

  • One possible outcome could be that the Pentagon would end up splitting the award between Microsoft and Amazon, or with other vendors, thus helping the project get on track and out of the courts.

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