- Tram Ho
After the Pentagon investigation, the US Department of Defense said it still decided to hand over a $ 10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, instead of Amazon. This is also the latest event in the ongoing legal battle between these two giants of computing infrastructure.
On Friday, the US Department of Defense released a statement saying it had completed its investigation of the JEDI (Enterprise Defense Interoperability Infrastructure) contract to determine if there was a discrepancy in the process. shopping process or not.
The US Department of Defense said it had ” determined that Microsoft’s proposals would still deliver the best value to the government “, adding that ” execution of the contract will not begin immediately .” That’s because in February, a judge issued a suspension order on the JEDI contract due to Amazon’s lawsuit, claiming that they suspended the contract due to President Donald Trump’s hostility to Mr. Jeff Bezos. Amazon argues that the contract approval process contains ” obvious flaws, shortcomings, and unmistakable bias .”
The contract will provide the Pentagon with cloud services including basic storage and AI processing capabilities, machine learning, as well as the ability to handle mission-critical workloads. other.
Earlier in October 2019, the US government awarded the contract to Microsoft, but at the end of July, President Trump said he was reviewing the contract after there were complaints about the bidding process. . IBM and Oracle also entered the bid for the contract, but both were scrapped in April 2018. Oracle took the decision to court in protest, but later failed to appeal to its appeal. at the beginning of this week.
In an email sent to The Verge site, a Microsoft representative said the company was ready to embark on the project. ” We appreciate that, after careful consideration, the Department of Defense still confirmed that the proposal we made was technologically appropriate and of the best value .”
Meanwhile, their rival, Amazon Web Services, strongly opposed the decision, calling the Department of Defense contract reassessment ” nothing more than an attempt to validate a decision.” deficient, biased and politically bribed . ” Amazon will continue to pursue an ” impartial, fair, and unbiased review” of this contract bidding process, adding, ” The question we continue to ask ourselves is: Is the President of the United States allowed to use the Department of Defense budget to pursue his own personal and political ends? ”
Refer to The Verge
Source : Genk