• Fri. Dec 3rd, 2021

Pentagon asks Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Oracle for cloud bids


Nov 20, 2021

Andy Jassy, chief govt officer of Amazon.Com Inc., through the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

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The U.S. Common Companies Administration mentioned Friday that the Protection Division has solicited bids from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle for cloud contracts.

The outreach comes after the Pentagon put aside a extremely contested $10 billion contract that Microsoft had received and Amazon had challenged. The worth of the brand new contracts is just not identified, however the Protection Division estimates it may run into the a number of billions of {dollars}.

The brand new effort, generally known as Joint Warfighting Cloud Functionality, or JWCC, seems like it can bolster the highest world cloud infrastructure suppliers, Amazon and Microsoft, though it may additionally present extra credibility to 2 smaller entities.

“The Authorities anticipates awarding two IDIQ contracts — one to Amazon Net Companies, Inc. (AWS) and one to Microsoft Company (Microsoft) — however intends to award to all Cloud Service Suppliers (CSPs) that reveal the aptitude to fulfill DoD’s necessities,” the GSA mentioned in its announcement.

An indefinite supply, indefinite amount, or IDIQ, contract contains an indefinite quantity of providers for a selected time frame.

The GSA mentioned solely two U.S. cloud infrastructure suppliers, Amazon and Microsoft, seem capable of adjust to all the Pentagon’s necessities, which embrace “tactical edge gadgets” that may function outdoors of conventional knowledge facilities and assist all ranges of knowledge classification.

Amazon and Microsoft have been the finalists for a single Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract. That contract was meant for a single supplier and was anticipated to be value as much as $10 billion over 10 years. Microsoft received it in 2019, Amazon filed a protest and the Pentagon canceled the contract in July.

Andy Jassy, presently Amazon’s CEO and beforehand head of AWS, argued that there was political interference within the award of the contract. Man Snodgrass, who was speechwriter for former Protection Secretary James Mattis, asserted in a ebook that former President Donald Trump referred to as Mattis and mentioned to “screw Amazon” out of an opportunity to bid on JEDI. However the Pentagon’s inspector common decided the contract didn’t appear to have been influenced by the White Home.

The JWCC differs from JEDI as a result of it permits the Pentagon to depend on a number of cloud suppliers.

The Pentagon expects every of the IDIQ contracts to have a three-year base interval and two year-long possibility durations.

“Oracle is delighted to be included within the Joint Warfighter Cloud Functionality RFP,” Oracle spokesperson Deborah Hellinger mentioned. “We’re dedicated to delivering the best stage of safety, efficiency, and worth in enterprise cloud purposes and cloud infrastructure in assist of DOD’s Warfighter mission.” 

Google spokesperson Ben Jose pointed to a weblog publish from final week that mentioned the corporate deliberate to pursue a bid for the army contract, noting the Pentagon is the world’s largest employer. CNBC reported Monday that executives tried to tactfully handle rising worker concern over the contract and beforehand established synthetic intelligence rules, after workers protested towards Google’s plans to bid on the JEDI contract.

“Our dedication to supporting our nation’s army and guaranteeing that our warfighters and protection companions have entry to the very best expertise for the very best worth is stronger than ever,” an AWS spokesperson advised CNBC in an e mail. “We stay up for persevering with to assist the DoD’s modernization efforts and constructing options that assist accomplish their important missions.”

Microsoft declined to remark.

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