Pentagon reportedly gives $9B in cloud contracts to Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and Amazon. The four tech companies are at the moment being tasked with building out cloud computing networks for the US military.
Pentagon Reportedly Gives $9B in Cloud Contracts to Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and Amazon
On Wednesday, the defense department announced that the pentagon is divvying up $9 billion in cloud contracts between Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle.
The said contracts were awarded to the four tech firms to help build out the joint Warfighting Cloud Capability or simply JWCC which will help to streamline cloud computing for the US military all over the world. The companies in question are tasked with creating cloud networks that will “provide enterprise cloud capabilities for the Defense Department at all three security classifications: unclassified, secret, and top secret,” the department said in the early parts of this year.
The reason the Pentagon Divided the Contract between the Four Companies
Dividing the contracts between four firms will help the pentagon not have to rely on a single firm for all of its cloud computing needs which will help mitigate the risk of any potential network outages or disruptions.
The Pentagon’s Previous Legal Actions and Challenges In 2019
The pentagon had previously faced legal actions and challenges in 2019 from both amazon and oracle after the department awarded Microsoft a $10 billion contract for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud or JEDI but however canceled the contract ultimately.
The Pentagon’s Official Statement about the Contract
“The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels,” the defense department in a statement said. The contacts also as you should know are expected to last until June 2018.