Microsoft Corp. has won the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract, stated the Defense Department on Friday, edging out Amazon WS.
The contracting process has long been mired in conflict of interest allegations, drawing the attention of President Donald Trump, who has publicly taken swipes at Amazon with its founder Jeff Bezos. Trump in August confirmed his administration was reviewing Amazon’s bid post complaints from different companies.
The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract is part of a broader digital modernization of the Pentagon meant to create more technological agility. Specifically, a goal of JEDI is to provide the military with better access to the cloud and data from battlefields and other remote locations.
Oracle Corp has concerns regarding the award process for the contract, including the role of former Amazon employee working on the project at the Defense Department but recused himself, later left the Defense Department, returning to Amazon Web Services.