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AWS Vs. Microsoft: 7 Things To Watch As The JEDI Cloud Saga Unfolds

A federal judge granted Amazon Web Services’ request for a temporary restraining order that will prevent Microsoft from moving forward with implementation work on the JEDI cloud initiative.

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85 Days

JEDI had seen so many delays stemming from internal reviews and legal challenges by the summer of 2019, that military leaders were warning if a provider wasn’t selected and implementation didn’t begin soon, they would have to start assembling other piecemeal cloud solutions.

In June, DoD CIO Dana Deasy said the military cannot wait much longer to transition to public cloud, warning that “who suffers in all this is the warfighter.”

But in August, just as the date set for a vendor announcement was approaching, newly appointed Defense Secretary Mark Esper launched another review at the insistence of the president.

"Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program. No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination," a Defense Department spokesperson said at the time.

That review further set back JEDI by 85 days, during which Esper unexpectedly recused himself from the evaluation, citing a professional relationship his son had with IBM, one of the initial JEDI bidders that had already been knocked out of contention.

Through its legal challenge, AWS is looking to discover as much as it can about what happened at the Pentagon and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and between the two, during those 85 days.

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