Microsoft beats out Amazon for Defense Department’s $10 billion ‘JEDI’ cloud contract

Microsoft beats out Amazon for Defense Department’s $10 billion ‘JEDI’ cloud contract
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[Ed. – The news here is more that Amazon didn’t get it, after ruling the government “cloud” landscape for nearly a decade.  This could have interesting reverberations.]

Microsoft has emerged victorious in a dramatic competition for public cloud resources for the U.S. Defense Department, beating out market leader Amazon Web Services, the Pentagon said on Friday. The contract could be worth as much as $10 billion over a decade, according to a statement. …

The achievement highlights the emergence of Microsoft’s Azure cloud as a challenger to AWS and represents the latest victory for Satya Nadella, who took over from Steve Ballmer as Microsoft chief in 2014. Microsoft has also won major cloud-infrastructure deals from companies like Walmart even as AWS has kept growing.

If the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure deal, known by the acronym JEDI, ends up being worth $10 billion, it would likely be a bigger deal to Microsoft than it would have been to Amazon.

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