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The JEDI Cloud History: From A Cloud Goal To A Microsoft Win

Here's the history of the contentious, bitter, and often ugly JEDI procurement process that ended last week with Microsoft being named the recipient of one of the industry's most prestigious and lucrative contracts.

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Timeline Of A Cloud Procurement Saga

The United States military is embarking on an ambitious and expensive cloud transformation project to modernize IT resources across all branches of the armed forces.

Like many organizations that have been using outdated computing technology and struggling with disparate environments, the Pentagon recognizes the value of cloud transformation with a leading commercial vendor.

"The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered the modern age of warfighting where the battlefield exists as much in the digital world as it does in the physical," wrote former Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to Congress in explaining the need for the cloud transformation initiative.

"Cloud is a fundamental component of the global infrastructure that will empower the warfighter with data and is critical to maintaining our military' s technological advantage."

Bogging down that effort, however, has been the anchor of the military's cloud transformation project— the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative.

JEDI ignited a firestorm of controversy that has raged across the industry for more than a year as leading cloud providers have gone to war in pursuit of the spoils of a potentially $10 billion cloud spend.

Here's the history of the contentious, bitter, and often ugly JEDI procurement process that ended last week with Microsoft being named the recipient of one of the industry's most prestigious and lucrative contracts.

 
 
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