Amazon has filed a protest within the US Court docket of Federal Claims within the Seattle-based firm’s first formal motion towards Microsoft’s victory within the fierce battle for the $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon.
Microsoft was chosen Oct. 25 for the controversial deal, known as the Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, to maneuver the Division of Protection’s delicate knowledge to the cloud. It is value as a lot as $10 billion over a 10-year span.
“AWS is uniquely skilled and certified to supply the crucial know-how the U.S. army wants, and stays dedicated to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts,” an AWS spokesperson stated in an announcement. “We additionally imagine it’s vital for our nation that the federal government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a way that’s free from political affect. Quite a few points of the JEDI analysis course of contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias – and it is necessary that these issues be examined and rectified.”
Microsoft didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra data.
The choice got here as a shock, as Amazon Internet Providers was thought-about the seemingly alternative for the contract for causes together with the cloud supplier’s market-dominant place and excessive safety clearance. It was typically regarded by consultants as “an enormous feather within the cap for Microsoft” and a “black eye for Amazon and Bezos.”
The bidding course of was contentious and included involvement from tech titans similar to Oracle and reported interference by President Donald Trump, who has publicly feuded with Amazon CEO and Washington Submit proprietor Jeff Bezos.
Trump reportedly needed to “scuttle” the bidding course of for JEDI, for concern that Amazon Internet Providers would possibly win, and a forthcoming ebook additionally claims Trump final yr ordered former Protection Secretary James Mattis to “screw Amazon” out of the deal.
Oracle formally challenged the JEDI bidding course of, arguing it was “riddled with improprieties” that largely favored Amazon — together with undisclosed employment and bonus affords to Division of Protection officers — and that the Pentagon set unfair standards.
A federal-claims decide in the end rejected Oracle’s protest and denied the corporate’s bid to be reconsidered for the contract, discovering “particular person conflicts of curiosity didn’t influence the procurement.” Which is to say, the decide within the case acknowledged that there have been conflicts, however discovered that they did not unfairly tilt the taking part in subject.
IBM additionally bid on the contract. Google withdrew from rivalry earlier than making a proper bid, citing attainable conflicts of curiosity with its company ethics coverage, in addition to a attainable lack of ability to fulfill the phrases of the deal.