Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new appeal against the US government’s decision to award Microsoft the $ 10 billion Pentagon cloud contract, called JEDI.
Despite an earlier investigation into the procurement process that found no evidence of duress or interference from US President Donald Trump, AWS has now re-appealed.
Unlike the original dispute, Amazon’s latest appeal was filed directly with the Department of Defense (DoD) – and its content remains confidential, even unavailable to Microsoft.
JEDI Pentagon Contract
The highly lucrative Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is designed to provide a significant upgrade to the Pentagon’s IT operations and cloud computing capabilities.
The offer was hotly contested by Microsoft, AWS, Google Cloud, and others, with the contract finally being awarded to the giant from Redmond in late October – a decision that infuriated Amazon and sparked a subsequent appeal.
In February, Amazon successfully blocked the project until an investigation into the procurement process was completed, although investigation later by the DoD’s watchdog revealed no evidence of criminal act.
Eager to start working seriously on the contract, Microsoft seems to have reached the end of its connection with persistent delays, not firing a punch in a new blog post written by the company’s communications manager.
“This latest case – this time filed with the DoD – is another example of Amazon trying to get JEDI bogged down in complaints, litigation and other delays meant to force a takeover to save its failed offer,” wrote Frank Shaw, VP Communications from Microsoft.
“Amazon is starting again, trying to stop this process, keeping the vital technology of men and women in uniform – the same people that Amazon says it supports.”
The war of words between the two cloud giants continued, an Amazon spokesperson calling Shaw’s blog post “posture.”
“Anyone who has studied the cloud space will tell you that AWS has a much more functional, capable, cost-effective and operationally sound offering,” said the spokesperson.