The Department of Defense is upholding its decision to award its $10 billion, 10-year cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, according to a statement the DoD released on Sept. 4. The statement comes just a couple of weeks after the Pentagon asked for more time to complete its review of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud deal.
According to a statement posted to the DoD press site:
"The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft's proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD. While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DoD is eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform."
I asked Amazon if the company intends to appeal the decision, but no word back so far.
Update: AWS published its own statement about the Pentagon's September 4 decision on its site. The statement says "AWS offered a lower cost by several tens of millions of dollars" in its second go-around. The company intends to "continue to pursue a fair and impartial review." Its statement adds "We strongly disagree with the DoD's flawed evaluation and believe it's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence."
A Microsoft spokesperson provided the following statement upon request:
"We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value. We're ready to get to work and make sure that those who serve our country have access to this much needed technology."