The Department of Defense has announced that it is standing by its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft, not Amazon. This comes after an investigation into the ongoing legal battle over this lucrative infrastructure project.
The Department of Defense in a statement said that it had completed investigations into awarding the (JEDI) contract. It began the investigation to determine if there were discrepancies in the procurement process.
The Department said it had determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government. It also added that the contract performance will not begin immediately; because a judge issued a temporary injunction against it in February 2020 following Amazon’s suit.
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Amazon had claimed that it was not given the contract due to perceived President Trump’s animosity toward CEO Jeff Bezos. Its argument was that the process of granting the contract had clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias.
The JEDI contract is to provide the Pentagon with cloud services. This will include basic storage and power, artificial intelligence processing, machine learning, and processing mission-critical workloads.
Microsoft says it is ready to get to work on the JEDI project and fulfill the contract. “We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.
Amazon on its Web Services’ public sector blog disagrees with the decision. The company says the Defense Department’s reevaluation was nothing more than an attempt to validate a flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision. Amazon says it will continue to pursue a fair, objective, and impartial review of the process.
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