Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to compete for Pentagon’s 10 billion dollar’s cloud computing services contract

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The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday said that “As a part of $10 billion worth of cloud computing services as a part of a contract, the defense committee has selected Amazon and Microsoft to continue for competing for Pentagon’s cloud computing services contract.”

Elissa Smith, Spokesperson of the department in its statement, said that “I can confirm that Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Microsoft are the companies that met the minimum requirements outlined in the RFP (Request for Proposals).”

The statement added, “The selection has dropped the Oracle Crop and IBM out of the competition from this contract for the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud also known as JEDI.”

Commenting on the contract, the Pentagon said, “In its request for bidders last year the contract for cloud computing services could be worth as much as $10 billion over ten years.”

“The contract is a part of the broad modernization of Pentagon’s information technology systems.”