United States Department of Defense revealed late on Friday it had awarded a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft which beat out its rival the tech giant Amazon, The decision surprised observers who considered Amazon Web Services to be the front-runner for the lucrative government deal.
According to Motley Fool, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract set off a contentious battle between many of the biggest names in technology. In addition to Amazon and Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and Google parent A competed for the deal. After the initial review process, only Amazon and Microsoft were determined to meet the minimum technical requirements necessary to be part of the final round of consideration.
Due to the result of the size and importance of the contract, the process was riddled with drama and backbiting from the beginning. There were accusations of numerous conflicts of interest from Oracle, which even went so far as to levy allegations of conspiracy against Amazon. Lawmakers eventually asked for a pause in the deliberations to investigate the claims.
United States president Trump even weighed in on the proceedings this summer, he quoted, “I’m getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon,” further he added that “They’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid.”
Motley reported that Trump has been openly hostile toward Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, leading some to worry that he would try to influence the proceedings. A Pentagon representative countered, saying, “The secretary was not ordered by the president to make any specific determination about JEDI, period.”