- Jul 27, 2015
The US Department of Defense has announced contracts for cloud computing services valued at up to $9 billion to AWS, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.
The contracts were awarded under the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) – the successor to the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) deal that sought a single cloud provider to serve the entire US military for ten years. The DoD rationalized JEDI by saying that multiple cloud suppliers would be cumbersome. AWS and Oracle bid for JEDI but Microsoft won the deal. AWS, IBM, and Oracle protested and/or sued over that decision. The Pentagon made their grievance moot by canceling the JEDI program in July 2021 on grounds that it no longer wanted to go all-in with a single cloud provider. Then it created the JWCC as a replacement.