Google, Oracle, Amazon And Microsoft Jointly Win US DoD Cloud Contract Worth $9B

  • The Pentagon has split a six-year $9 billion contract for cloud computing services among Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL GoogleOracle Corp Inc AMZN and Microsoft Corp MSFT.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense's move came a year after scrapping a previous contract marred by accusations of political interference by the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump and bogged down by legal challenges, the Financial Times reports.
  • The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability succeeded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (Jedi), which aimed to build a large common commercial cloud for the entire DoD. 
  • The Trump administration wanted to concentrate the cloud computing program under one provider.
  • The project is estimated to be completed by June 2028.
  • The DoD initially awarded Microsoft the contract in October 2018, but legal challenges delayed its implementation
  • Last summer, the Pentagon canceled the initial Jedi contract.
  • Amazon had charged Trump with exploiting his animosity against Jeff Bezos. 
  • Oracle said the single-vendor contract was unfair, while Google had withdrawn its bid in 2018 following a staff outcry for working with the DoD.
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