Microsoft snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with its winning bid for the US government’s 10-year, $10 billion JEDI contract. With Amazon seen as the clear favorite to win the contract, the news of Microsoft’s victory came as a shock to most. The most shocked being the snubbed party: Amazon.
After the news broke, Amazon set the record straight. “We’re surprised about this conclusion,” an AWS spokesperson said in a statement. “AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offering clearly lead to a different conclusion.”
The bidding process for the JEDI was expectantly fierce and drawn-out. It involved intense lobby efforts, legal challenges, and a controversial 13-month delay in the deliberation process. Through it all Microsoft comes out on top.
Following their Victory, Microsoft issued an official statement:
"For over 40 years, Microsoft has delivered innovative, proven and secure technologies to the US Department of Defense (DoD). We brought our best efforts to the rigorous JEDI evaluation process and appreciate that DoD has chosen Microsoft. We are proud that we are an integral partner in DoD’s overall mission cloud strategy. As was articulated throughout the JEDI procurement, the DoD has a singular objective – to deploy the most innovative and secure commercially available technology to satisfy the urgent and critical needs of today’s warfighters. We look forward to expanding our longstanding partnership with DoD and support our men and women in uniform at home, abroad, and at the tactical edge with our latest unique and differentiated Azure cloud capabilities.”
– Toni Townes-Whitley, President, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft.
This victory couldn’t have come at a better time for Microsoft. It’s growing Azure cloud business has been gaining market share on AWS and this big win validates the progress Microsoft has made in the market.
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