Amazon, Microsoft chosen to compete for Pentagon cloud computing contract

Amazon, Microsoft chosen to compete for Pentagon cloud computing contract

Microsoft and Amazon are engaged in a heated battle to win a $10 billion service contract from the Pentagon and appear to have beaten out rivals Oracle, IBM and more, being the only two companies to meet the minimum requirement.

The statement added, "The selection has dropped the Oracle Crop and IBM out of the competition from this contract for the Defense Department's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud also known as JEDI".

Oracle's lawsuit also disclosed alleged conflicts of interest by a JEDI program manager identified as "Deep Ubhi".

"The contract is a part of the broad modernization of Pentagon's information technology systems". With protesters assuming AWS (NASDAQ: AMZN) has the inside track to win the JEDI contract, Oracle raised the stakes in December with a federal lawsuit asserting DoD's plan for a single-source award violates US acquisition regulations.

Delays in the procurement process have weighed on the expected award date, which has moved from April to mid-July at the earliest, Smith said.

The Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.

AWS and Microsoft declined to comment on Wednesday's announcement. Microsoft, as we reported late a year ago, announced that its expanded Azure cloud service would make it a "a strong option for the JEDI contract".

The other cloud giant that is missing is of course Google. While there, he worked on the JEDI procurement and advocated "robustly" in favor of pursuing a single-award strategy for the procurement, Oracle's lawsuit contends.

Ubhi, a former Amazon Web Services employee, disclosed to the Defense Digital Service in October 2017 that his restaurant reservation company, Tablehero, was considering forming a partnership with Amazon.

"The department's investigation has determined that there is no adverse impact on the integrity of the acquisition process". The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington issued a stay order in the Oracle case while DoD conducted its ethics investigation.

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