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Pentagon Awards Cloud Contracts to Multiple Vendors for JEDI Successor (Updated)

The Pentagon has awarded contracts to multiple cloud vendors as it seeks to replace the defunct JEDI contract....
Pentagon Awards Cloud Contracts to Multiple Vendors for JEDI Successor (Updated)
Written by Matt Milano
  • The Pentagon has awarded contracts to multiple cloud vendors as it seeks to replace the defunct JEDI contract.

    The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contact was the Pentagon’s attempt to modernize its IT operations and migrate to the cloud. AWS was largely seen as the frontrunner until Microsoft was awarded the entire $10 billion contract. AWS responded by suing the Pentagon relentlessly until the DoD canceled the contract in favor of the $9 billion multi-vendor Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC).

    “The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge,” the DoD writes in the award notices. “The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability will allow mission owners to acquire authorized commercial cloud offerings directly from the Cloud Service Providers contract awardees. Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability is a multiple award contract.”

    The multi-vendor contract was awarded to AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Oracle. Rather than define the share of the contract each company will receive, each company is part of the same $9 billion pool and will receive funds as their services are needed.

    “No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued,” the DoD continues.

    Only time will tell if all four cloud players, especially AWS, accept the terms or resort to lawsuits in an effort to secure more favorable terms.

    Update: Amazon has reached out to WPN with the following statement:

    “We are honored to have been selected for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract and look forward to continuing our support for the Department of Defense. From the enterprise to the tactical edge, we are ready to deliver industry-leading cloud services to enable the DoD to achieve its critical mission.”

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