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The Last JEDI: Amazon AWS vs Microsoft Azure Cloud for Pentagon Contract

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are the last competitors standing in the Pentagon’s winner-take-all competition for a $10 billion cloud services contract, Bloomberg reports.

JEDI is short for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud -- which will serve as the main data repository for U.S. military services worldwide, according to The Pentagon.

Oracle and IBM Cloud apparently are no longer in the running for the deal. Oracle, in particular, has voiced concern in recent months -- alleging that a winner-take-all approach will leave the U.S. federal government vulnerable to single points of failure, vendor lock-in, weak leverage, and other potential issues.

Ironically, the JEDI contract finalists emerge the same week as Google Cloud Next 2019, a major cloud services conference hosted by the search giant.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.