On Tuesday, the US Justice Department had called off a $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing project awarded to Microsoft Corp back in the 2019s, scrapping the Trump-era award while announcing a new contract that again would find accommodation for another leg of tug of war between Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp.
On top of that, the US Justice Department had initially told that the cloud-computing wings of Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp had been the only companies which would be able to meet their demands, however, the Pentagon had chronicled later in a press conference that it also would assess over next three months whether other cloud-computing services providers could meet the contracts’ requirements.
Pentagon might look into top-tier cloud companies likes of Oracle Corp, IBM Corp alongside Alphabet Inc-owned Google LLC among others, suggested analysts.
Pentagon dismisses $10 billion JEDI contract for Microsoft
In factuality, the US Defence Department’s JEDI contract had been awarded to Microsoft Corp back in the 2019s, however, shortly after the allotment, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com Inc had filed a lawsuit arguing that the contract process had been flawed under influence from the then-US President Donald Trump.
Alongside this, citing Trump’s disdain on the then Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos, who had an acrimonious history with Donald Trump as Bezos-owned newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ had reportedly backed the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during 2016 US Presidential election campaign, a US court of Federal Claims judge had ruled in favour of Amazon’s claims in April this year.
Meanwhile, following cancellation of the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure Cloud) contract worth up to $10 billion, Microsoft Corp was quoted saying in a statement “…(Microsoft) will continue to be successful as the DoD selects partners for new work. ”