US Department of Defense today Announcement Cancellation of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract awarded to Microsoft in 2019. The $ 10 billion contract that was planned to overhaul DoD’s cloud infrastructure will be replaced by the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract instead.
The Jedi were controversial from the beginning.A single vendor contract was scheduled to be awarded in 2018, but complaints about the process Delayed selection Judge until 2019 and in 2020 I issued an injunction To Microsoft after Amazon claimed to have lost its contract as a result of President Donald Trump’s prejudice against former CEO Jeff Bezos.
This exchange made no progress in the Pentagon’s cloud infrastructure. We don’t know that from today’s statement — DoD instead said, “Due to evolving requirements, increased cloud conversations, and industry advances, we have determined that JEDI cloud contracts no longer meet that need.” Said.
So now it’s moving to a JWCC contract. The Pentagon said the deal differs from its predecessor in that it is a “multi-cloud / multi-vendor indefinite delivery-indefinite (IDIQ) deal.” Instead of relying on a single provider (and therefore risking another legal battle), use multiple cloud service vendors.
Also, JWCC seems to have been aimed at solving problems among Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and DoD from the beginning. As the Pentagon explained in its statement:
“Available market research shows that these two vendors are the only cloud service providers (CSPs) that can hold meetings, so this division has a limited number of sources: Microsoft. We will seek suggestions from Corporation (Microsoft) and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Department requirements. “
It would be surprising if IBM, Oracle, and other cloud service providers allowed them to disagree with that claim, but at least for now, the Pentagon’s main concern is to soften Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. That’s why you can finally get to the technical overhaul. It should have been in progress since 2018.
Microsoft has expressed similar feelings Blog post.. “Because US security by providing critical technology upgrades is more important than a single contract, we respect and accept the Pentagon’s decision to take another path to ensure mission-critical technology. “.
https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/us-defense-department-cancels-jedi-contract Pentagon cancels controversial $ 10 billion JEDI cloud deal