The U.S. Department of Defense has canceled a cloud computing contract awarded to Microsoft, with some controversy, under the Trump administration (thanks, CNN). Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
The controversy was because basically people who know what they were talking about felt that they should have gone to Amazon. The contract consisted of a super secure cloud storage system for U.S. military technology and data, valued at up to $ 10 billion in ten years, and Amazon Web Services is widely regarded as the best option. in the cloud computing industry.
Get it: It was called the joint defense infrastructure contract of the company, as it contained the JEDI contract. It’s good to know that we have adults performing these things, although I guess it fits with the spatial force.
Amazon estimated that this contract was awarded to Microsoft because Donald Trump does not like Amazon's CEO and then CEO Jeff Bezos (or The Washington Post, which has Bezos). Trump said he would take “a firm look” at the contract before it was awarded to Microsoft and there is no shortage of other public comments that despised Amazon and Bezos.
Amazon therefore challenged the decision in the U.S. Federal Claims Court on that basis, accusing the former U.S. president of "repeated public and backstage attacks" against the company and asking him to testify about how the contract was awarded.
I really like Amazon’s court filing in February 2020: “President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as president and commander-in-chief to interfere with government functions (including federal acquisitions) Preserving public confidence in the nation's acquisition process requires the discovery and supplementation of the administrative record, particularly in light of President Trump's order. "The question is whether the president of the United States should be allowed to use the DoD budget to pursue his own personal and political ends."
In March 2020, the Department of Defense said it would re-evaluate the decision.
Clearly, the reassessment showed that this was not the cloud computing contract they were looking for. In a press release, the DoD said it was decided to cancel the contract due to "evolving requirements, increasing cloud conservation and industry advances" and that JEDI "no longer meets its needs."
Microsoft responded in a blog post accepting the decision, defending its technology, saying doing it all over again was better than spending years in court and doing a few hits on Amazon (“Our focus on our customers, and not in politics or litigation, it is the cornerstone of our approach to helping governments and businesses achieve the results of their mission. ”)
The response also includes this incredible line: "The 20 months since DoD selected Microsoft as a JEDI partner highlights issues that warrant the attention of policymakers."
For its part, Amazon says it agrees with the decision and re-emphasized the company's position that the contract was originally awarded as a result of "external influence that has no place in public procurement ". Don’t stick with Jeff.
Now, DoD will solicit proposals from Microsoft, Amazon, and other cloud vendors that can "meet DoD requirements."