The rivalry between these two companies is not news, as in March 2018, Microsoft beat Amazon for Africa’s first cloud data center.
Two of the biggest tech giants, Microsoft and Amazon will go toe-to-toe for Pentagon’s US$ 10 billion contracts. The multi-billion dollar contract is for developing a cloud system called JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) which was announced in 2017. Both the companies ousted IBM and Oracle who were considered as a frontrunner in this race. Meanwhile, an Amazon employee has been accused by Oracle for influencing the proceeding, who had previously worked on JEDI. However, Pentagon spokesperson, Elissa Smith shed a light on that issue, saying the employee had, "no adverse impact on the integrity of the acquisition process".
According to Pentagon, the bidding will be wrapped by the July of 2019 as it was delayed several times and the contract will be rewarded by mid-July. The JEDI project is one of the largest and most ambitious project federal information technology contract. Aside from the Star Wars reference, the JEDI is a huge project, even by the government’s standard. According to the Department of Defense (DOD) spokesperson, JEDI Cloud is a pathfinder effort to help DOD to learn how to put in place an enterprise cloud solution.
It is the critical first step that allows data-driven decision making and enables DOD to take the maximum advantage of data resources and application. Both, Microsoft and Amazon have been focusing on this heavyweight deal as their efforts in the recent past are evident. Moreover, these two companies have a history of the rivalry. In March 2018, Microsoft beat Amazon for the first cloud data center in Africa. It is quite obvious that both of them will be driven by the motivation for success and will look to deliver superior performance.
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