Source: Business Insider
Microsoft viewed the bidding process for the Pentagon’s contentious $10 billion cloud computing contract as a “very large scale engineering project,” company President Brad Smith told Business Insider. The Pentagon on Oct. 25 selected Microsoft for the deal, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, to move the Department of Defense’s sensitive data to the cloud. It was largely considered a surprise upset over Amazon Web Services — but not to Smith, who said Microsoft used the bidding process as an opportunity to improve its technology. Amazon is challenging the Pentagon’s decision based on alleged political interference. Click here to read more BI Prime stories For many months, Amazon Web Services was considered the frontrunner to win a contentious $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon. That contract, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) deal, would see key pieces of the Department of Defense’s computing infrastructure moved up to the cloud.