AWS Proclaimed Federal Use of Its Clouds Just 3 Days Prior to the $10B Pentagon Snub
Amazon Web Services was just days away from being rejected by the U.S. Department of Defense in a $10 Billion contract awarded to Microsoft. Despite AWS’ clear cloud dominance AWS, the feds praised the use of its platform.
This was in a blog post titled “Federal agencies and departments share how the cloud helps them advance their missions” on Oct. 22.
Federal agencies have used the cloud to help them achieve their missions, from veteran services to aerospace research,” stated the AWS Public Sector Blog Team. Federal customers can better serve their constituents by leveraging the cloud’s benefits, including cost savings, data redundancy and opportunities to adopt new technology.
The post continued to describe how three federal agencies — NASA, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Census Bureau — “shared how efficiency was improved through information technology (IT), modernization to ultimately better service citizens.”
A few days later, Microsoft was awarded a $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud) contract. The announcement stated that the JEDI Cloud contract would provide an enterprise-level, commercial Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service (PaaS), to support Department of Defense operations and business.
As we have already explained, the industry is now awaiting an AWS response to this move. This is due to political ramifications as well as IT considerations, given previous attacks by President Donald Trump on Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, and his Washington Post newspaper. Trump has extensively covered the administration in articles that he considers unfair or biased.
CNBC was one of several media outlets to report that Trump allegedly told James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, to “screw Amazon” from the contract. This is according to a book.
Amazon has not yet responded to this statement. They stated that AWS is the clear leader of cloud computing. A detailed analysis based on only the comparative offerings clearly leads to a different conclusion. We are committed to advancing the digital battlefield, where efficiency, security, and scalability can make the difference between success or failure.
As we reported, the IT industry is buzzing with speculation about AWS’s options to address the $10 billion snub. Keep watching to see what happens.