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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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Microsoft Wins Big

While so much of the JEDI controversy revolved around the heated, bitter feud between Oracle and Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, which had stayed largely in the background during the protests, lawsuits, recriminations and political influence campaigns, took home the final prize.

In announcing Microsoft as its enterprise cloud vendor, the Defense Department said the base contract period would be two years, with only a $1 million in spending guaranteed. The department also said it "projects that user adoption will drive an estimated $210 million of spending during the two-year base period."

The Pentagon said it would "rigorously review" the performance of the awardee before exercising any options that would add to its Azure spend.

"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," Microsoft's president for US Regulated Industries, Toni Townes-Whitley, said after.

"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.”

The Pentagon heralded the contract for an enterprise general-purpose cloud as a "step forward" in its cloud strategy.

"This continues our strategy of a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment as the department’s needs are diverse and cannot be met by any single supplier."

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