Bidding war for US government cloud contract heats up

EMMA WOOLLACOTT | January 15, 2019

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Sometime soon, the US Department of Defense (DoD) will make its decision on where to award the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract.The successful bidder will walk away with the biggest cloud customer in the world, as 3.4 million government users and four million devices are due to be migrated from private servers into the cloud.The 10-year deal is said to account for a quarter of all the cloud business in the world – and not only that, it is widely expected to position the winner perfectly for future US government deals.It’s a two-horse race between Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), both of which have invested massively in specialist government services and already have extensive government deals.In 2013, for example, AWS signed a deal with the CIA to build a private cloud for the intelligence community in a move that CIA chief information officer John Edwards described as “the best decision we’ve ever made”. Meanwhile, the US intelligence community uses Microsoft Azure Government, Office 365 for US Government, and Windows 10.

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