Amazon will sue the Pentagon because of the scandalous contract with Microsoft for $ 10 billion

Amazon has announced that it intends to sue the US Department of Defense.



to that - a contract with the Pentagon to create a cloudstorage infrastructure. The project is called JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) and involves the modernization of the technological infrastructure of the Ministry of Defense. That is, as a result, IT systems of the ministry will be transferred from physical servers to the “cloud”.

This is a 10-year contract worth $ 10 billion.

The main contender for the development of cloudstorage was considered by Amazon. After all, she already has the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, which is used by the CIA and more than 5,000 government agencies in the United States.

However, a few weeks ago, the Pentagon gave the contract to Microsoft and its cloud service Azure. And Amazon believes that this decision was made under political pressure.

“Amazon Web Services has a uniquequalified to meet critical US military needs and remains committed to supporting the Department of Defense's modernization efforts. We also believe that it is important for our country that the government and its leaders elect administrators objectively and in such a way that there is no political influence, ”company representatives say.

Not without President DonaldTrump, who was repeatedly criticized by The Washington Post - a newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos, concurrently with the head of Amazon. Recently, the publication wrote, citing a former Pentagon employee, that the president wanted to besiege the head of Amazon, blocking the company's ability to participate in JEDI.

By the way, Google, IBM andOracle The first company left the race last year due to criticism of its own employees, the other two were eliminated in the early stages. However, both IBM and Oracle were dissatisfied with the choice of contractor, and Oracle even sued, saying that Amazon has an unfair advantage due to its Pentagon ties.

Microsoft has not yet commented on the issue of the contract. A Pentagon spokesman said he would not speculate on a possible lawsuit.

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