Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services are the two remaining cloud providers left in the battle to win the $10 billion JEDI contract from the Pentagon. It seems the company's have defeated competition from the likes of IBM and Oracle and are now fighting each other.
“After evaluating all of the proposals received, the Department of Defense has made a competitive range determination for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud request for proposals, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,” said Elissa Smith, spokeswoman at DoD, in a statement to MeriTalk.
The JEDI cloud defense program is controversial and Microsoft's own staff have protested the company bidding for the contract.
Interestingly, Pentagon is demanding a single cloud approach, meaning only one company will win the contract. Each bidder has been critical of this approach and have urged a multi-vendor model.
Last October, Microsoft confirmed it was amongst the bidding companies vying for the JEDI contract:
“Microsoft submitted its bid on the JEDI contract on the October 12 deadline. While we don't have a way to verify the authenticity of this letter, we always encourage employees to share their views with us.”
Department of Defense chiefs are expected to each a decision on the contract in July, although it could come later. The decision was delayed after rumors only Amazon could manage the contract. Apparantly, an employee who once worked for the DoD wrote spec only compatible with AWS.
Smith says that contractor has been placed in from of the inspector general.