In the interest of national security, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has cancelled the US$10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract and will instead search for other methods to acquire cloud services.
Microsoft was awarded the 10-year cloud-computing contract in October 2019, but progress was hampered almost immediately by a lawsuit filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). As per the lawsuit, then-President Donald Trump’s conflict with Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos was a major factor in Microsoft’s victory.
Microsoft said in a blog post that the company understood the DoD’s decision and that “the security of the United States is more important than any single contract.”
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