Microsoft has struck the table when it won the JEDI contract (acronym for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) tendered by the Pentagon. The company has achieved it for 10,000 million dollars, imposing itself on its rival in the race, Amazon, which started as a favorite.
Microsoft’s MSFT company took the contract on Friday afternoon, according to Marketwatch, although the news did not transcend until the weekend. Its budget proposal exceeded that presented by those of Jeff Bezos, while those of Oracle and IBM had been previously eliminated. The bidding process has not been without controversy, since in addition to having provoked a tense confrontation between US President Donald Trump and Amazon, there have also been demands in between. And it is that Oracle, being excluded, went to court.
In fact, the loss of this contract is the second ‘stick’ that Bezos and his own have taken in less than a week, after the disappointing results of the third quarter that he presented a few days ago, with which he failed to meet the forecasts on his benefits . In addition, it presented forecasts that did not like the market at all.
Amazon was long regarded as the big favorite to win this contract, which will now give Microsoft the credentials to handle US military data and communications worldwide for the next ten years. Those from Bezos led the way for their $ 600 million cloud contract with the CIA, and for their experience in streamlined data transfer, automated compliance systems and data exchange platforms. In fact, more than 5,000 US agencies use the Amazon AWS program.
That is why the e-commerce giant has been so surprised by the news. “We are surprised by this conclusion,” said an AWS spokesman, who in his words is “the undisputed leader in cloud computing and a detailed evaluation of comparative offers clearly leads to a different conclusion.” “We remain deeply committed to continue innovating in the new digital battlefield, where security, efficiency, resilience and scalability of resources can be the difference between success and failure,” said the same source.
Microsoft, meanwhile, has been delighted with the decision. “We contribute our best efforts to the rigorous evaluation process of JEDI and appreciate that the Department of Defense has chosen Microsoft,” said Toni Townes-Whitley, president of US Regulated Industries in the company. “We are proud to be an integral partner in the overall mission strategy in the Defense cloud,” he said.