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The 10 Top News Stories Of 2018 (So Far)

From microprocessor vulnerabilities to billion-dollar acquisitions, from data privacy scandals to top executive resignations, CRN takes a look at the news stories that captured our attention in the first half of the year.

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8. Pentagon Cloud Contract Controversy

In February Rean Cloud, a systems integrator and Premier Amazon Web Services partner, announced that it had been awarded a five-year contract to implement a custom cloud system for the Department of Defense. The contract was valued at up to $950 million.

But in March the Pentagon pulled back on the deal after Oracle lodged a protest arguing that the contract unfairly benefited AWS. Adding to the intrigue were reports that Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz had raised concerns about the contract with Donald Trump during a private dinner with the president in April.

The contract has since become a de facto tug-of-war between AWS and a group of leading IT vendors, including Oracle, Microsoft and Dell Technologies, over the future of DoD cloud computing contracts.

The consortium of vendors argue that such contracts should be broken up into multiple projects to avoid vendor lock-in. The Pentagon, however, says it prefers to award such contracts to single cloud providers, including an upcoming massive cloud migration project known as JEDI. Rean Cloud, for its part, says the protests are just sour grapes from "old guard" IT companies who are standing in the way of DoD IT modernization.

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