U.S. Department of Defense today Announce Cancelled the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract awarded to Microsoft in 2019. The $10 billion contract, which was supposed to overhaul the DoD’s cloud infrastructure, will be replaced by the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract.
JEDI has been controversial from the beginning.The single supplier contract was supposed to be awarded in 2018, but complaints about the process Delayed selection By 2019, by 2020, a judge Injunction Oppose Microsoft because Amazon claims that it lost its contract due to President Donald Trump’s prejudice against former CEO Jeff Bezos.
This back and forth prevented any progress in the Department of Defense’s cloud infrastructure. It’s not that you know this from today’s statement-instead, the Department of Defense stated that it “has determined that due to changing needs, increased cloud computing and industry advancements, the Jedi Cloud contract no longer meets its needs.
So now it is moving to the JWCC contract. The US Department of Defense stated that this contract is different from its predecessor because it is a “multi-cloud/multi-vendor indefinite delivery-indefinite (IDIQ) contract.” It will use multiple cloud service providers instead of relying on a single provider (and therefore risking another legal dispute).
JWCC also seems to intend to solve the problems between Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and the Department of Defense from the beginning. As the Department of Defense explained in its statement:
“The department intends to seek advice from a limited number of sources, namely Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), because available market research shows that these two vendors are the only cloud service providers (CSPs) that can meet the requirements. ). Departmental requirements.”
It would be surprising if IBM, Oracle, and other cloud service providers allow this statement to remain uncontroversial, but at least for now, the main focus of the Department of Defense is to appease Microsoft and Amazon Web Services so that they can finally The start of technological reforms should start in 2018.
Microsoft expressed similar sentiments A blog post“Because the security of the United States by providing key technology upgrades is more important than any single contract,” it said, “We respect and accept the decision of the Department of Defense to advance on different paths to protect mission-critical technologies.”