In October of previous year, Microsoft won the contract.
Amazon, with its practically 48% market share in the world wide cloud computing sector, was long viewed as to be the distinct frontrunner until eventually the process's remaining section.More news: Arjun Kapoor tests positive for COVID-19, quarantined at home
Amazon contended in a blog post that the DoD's re-evaluation of bids was a "do-over" to let Microsoft fix a flawed proposal so U.S. officials could "validate a flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision".
However, the US Defense Department (DoD) said that "contract performance" by Microsoft (MSFT) will not start immediately due to the preliminary injunction order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, after Amazon lost out and filed a lawsuit to challenge the contract process. Its recent endeavor, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract is a large US Department of Defense cloud computing contract, which was in controversy.
A Microsoft spokesperson told CRN USA, "We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value". On Friday, the Department of Defense said in an explanation that it "has finished its extensive re-assessment of the JEDI Cloud recommendations and discovered that Microsoft's proposition keeps on speaking to the best an incentive to the Government". "We're able to get to work and be sure that those that serve our nation have entry to this a lot wanted expertise".More news: Belarus protesters keep pressure on Lukashenko with new march
Amazon has asserted that the bidding was improperly influenced by President Donald Trump's dislike of Amazon and its chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos. "The JEDI Cloud contract will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD".
"Although these are not easy decisions to make, and we do not take them lightly, we will not back down in the face of targeted political cronyism or illusory corrective actions, and we will continue pursuing a fair, objective, and impartial review", Amazon wrote. The department said it needed the extra time to "reopen limited discussions related to certain aspects of the offerors' pricing proposals". As per the he initial decision, it was awarded to Microsoft on October 25, 2019. It also referred to past statements made by President Trump against Amazon: "The question we continue to ask ourselves is whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of the Department of Defense to pursue his own personal and political ends?" It even requested Microsoft and Amazon to submit revised bids in March this year.
Contentious legal battles, first between Oracle and AWS even before the JEDI contract was decided, then between AWS and Microsoft, have drastically delayed the USA military's ambitious and expensive plan to modernize IT resources across all branches of the armed forces.More news: Martin Hardy: Newcastle ‘very close’ to securing deal for Ryan Fraser
As part of that lawsuit, Amazon argued that Microsoft's bid failed to comply with a government requirement that the winner's data storage be "highly-accessible" under one of six possible price scenarios.