Combat in the cloud: Securing the $10 billion JEDI contract

Last October, Microsoft won the $10 billion US Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract. The 10-year agreement is part of a larger Pentagon initiative to modernize and unify its IT infrastructure, most of which still exists on technology from the 1980s and 1990s.

The Microsoft decision came as a massive shock since many considered Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the likely winner, the reason being in part because of its $600 million cloud services implementation for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2013 and in part due to its globally dominant market share in the cloud infrastructure space.

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Source: ZDNet