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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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The Next Episode

Not that Judge Patricia E Campbell-Smith has ruled to grant Amazon a restraining order halting implementation, JEDI-watchers are next waiting to see whether the court seeks to compel the depositions of the president and defense secretaries.

If all goes Amazon’s way, and depositions further support its argument of a source-selection process marred by political interference, Campbell-Smith can ultimately decide to send the JEDI contract back to the Pentagon for a re-evaluation process across its eight selection criteria.

But it’s not at all clear how military technologists would conduct that opaque process anew to remedy the previous result in a manner satisfactory to all parties.

AWS has repeatedly said it only seeks a “fair and objective valuation” based on the criteria specified in the RFP.

But it’s hard to imagine Microsoft reacting without its own protest to any reversal of fortune.

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