During the last quarter of 2019 we shared here on the blog the news related to the controversial process and selection of the winner of the infrastructure project of the Pentagon's IT department, better known as JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) and the winning company among the so many who submitted their proposals was none other than Microsoft.
Not only would the winner have a 10-year contract with the Pentagon, but the contract was for 10 billion dollars, to which obviously many of the participants upon learning of the "result" caused a clash between Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Google, and well the big ones were not willing to drop the cash prize as well and help the Pentagon create a standard cloud environment within its Department of Defense that will cover all branches of the US Army.
However Decision to Grant JEDI to Microsoft Before Amazon Shocked more than one. On the one hand, AWS was considered the leader in creating cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency and secondly because Amazon had been certified with the highest level of security, while Microsoft struggled to catch up with cloud computing.
It should also be noted that the attribution process, which took much longer than expected, also had intrusions from the White House, as as many will know, President Trump has long shown his hostility towards Jeff Bezos, CEO. from Amazon.
So that Amazon decided to sue the Pentagon, as the company alleged "undoubted bias" on the part of the government in awarding a large contract in the field of military technology to Microsoft.
Many related that it was pushed aside to Amazon and Microsoft would be given preference due to Trump's political influence and that due to the conflicts he had had in the past with Jeff Bezos this was a kind of "punishment" for the CEO of Amazon.
And it is that many months had to pass for the decision of the Pentagon to be reversed or that Trump was out to influence the process to have the contract canceled, although it is also not unusual for government agencies to cancel contracts that have already been awarded and that legal proceedings are underway against those contracts.
Whatever the real cause of having canceled the contract with Microsoft, this will cause an already known rivalry between these two large companies to increase, but also everything indicates that the United States Government already requires that the modernization of the project start what as soon as possible and prefers to avoid facing a lawsuit that could delay the project for several years.
"The deal was right and perfectly tailored for AWS and it was a very good design," said John Furrier, CEO of SiliconANGLE, who has interviewed more than 20 insiders from Capitol Hill about the project. "No other supplier was technically qualified and everyone knew it." However, Oracle and Microsoft carried out what Furrier described as a "smear campaign", aimed at "AWS not winning," he said.
"The forwarding will be a face-saving way for AWS to earn its share, then the Department of Defense will give a non-critical component to someone else," he said. “Multicloud is not viable for tactical cutting edge AI. Everyone knows that. "
Finally, it was revealed that in the announcement of the Department of Defense indicates that, from now on, they will seek that both companies send new proposals for a joint solution, since only Microsoft and Amazon are in a position to meet the required requirements, so we will very possibly end up seeing that Amazon will be the one in charge of said contract.
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