Amazon, Microsoft chosen to compete for Pentagon cloud computing contract

And then there were two: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft named finalists for the Pentagon’s $10B JEDI cloud contract

The Pentagon said the acquisition process for its JEDI cloud-computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion wasn't tainted by conflicts of interest, allowing selection in the winner-take-all competition to move ahead.

Elissa Smith, Spokesperson of the department in its statement, said that "I can confirm that Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Microsoft are the companies that met the minimum requirements outlined in the RFP (Request for Proposals)".

Amazon and Microsoft have been widely viewed as front-runners in part because they have obtained higher-level federal security clearances.

Entering its final stages, the battle to pick up the over $10 Billion contract on offer from Pentagon has narrowed down to two players - Amazon and Microsoft.

Oracle's lawsuit also disclosed alleged conflicts of interest by a JEDI program manager identified as "Deep Ubhi". The Cloud contract is part of a broad modernization of Pentagon information technology systems, Reuters reported.

The Pentagon says it will likely award the JEDI contract to either Microsoft or Amazon by mid-July.

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Smith said a department review of the acquisitions process did uncover potential ethical violations, which have been referred to the Defense Department's inspector general for further investigation. There's no word yet on whether DOD will seek to have Oracle's lawsuit dismissed.

The lawsuit followed months of lobbying by tech companies. including Oracle, that banded together in an informal coalition to urge the Defense Department to split the contract among several suppliers.

The other cloud giant that is missing is of course Google. Ubhi joined the Defense Digital Service, the Pentagon's technology-focused division, in 2016.

Oracle also filed a alleging that a current Amazon employee worked on JEDI during his time working at the Defense Department and had the contract in Amazon's favor.

But she said the investigation determined there were "no conflicts of interest that affected the integrity of the acquisition process". The U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington issued a stay order in the Oracle case while DoD conducted its ethics investigation.

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