We have now seen a variety of motion this week because the DoD tries to lastly decide the ultimate winner of the $10 billion, decade lengthy DoD JEDI cloud contract. At present, the DoD launched an announcement that after reviewing the proposals from finalists Microsoft and Amazon once more, it reiterated that Microsoft was the winner of the contract.
“The Division has accomplished its complete re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and decided that Microsoft’s proposal continues to signify the very best worth to the Authorities. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that can make a full vary of cloud computing providers out there to the DoD,” The DoD mentioned in an announcement.
This comes on the heels of yesterday’s Courtroom of Appeals resolution denying Oracle’s argument that the procurement course of was flawed and that there was a battle of curiosity as a result of a former Amazon worker helped write the necessities for the RFP.
Whereas the DoD has decided that it believes that Microsoft ought to nonetheless get the contract, after choosing them final October, that doesn’t imply that that is the tip of the road for this long-running saga. The truth is, a federal choose halted work on the challenge in February pending a listening to on an on-going protest from Amazon, which believes it ought to have gained based mostly on advantage, and the actual fact it believes the president interfered with the procurement course of to stop Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Put up from getting the profitable contract.
The DoD confirmed that the challenge couldn’t start till the authorized wrangling was settled. “Whereas contract efficiency won’t start instantly as a result of Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Courtroom of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DoD is keen to start delivering this functionality to our women and men in uniform,” the DoD reported in an announcement.
A Microsoft spokesperson mentioned the corporate was able to get to work on the challenge as quickly because it acquired the OK to proceed. “We recognize that after cautious evaluate, the DoD confirmed that we supplied the best know-how and the very best worth. We’re able to get to work and make it possible for those that serve our nation have entry to this a lot wanted know-how,” a Microsoft spokesperson instructed TechCrunch.
Whereas it takes us one step nearer to the tip of the street for this long-running drama, it gained’t be over till the courtroom guidelines on Amazon’s arguments.
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