Pentagon awards $10bn cloud computing deal to Microsoft, snubbing Amazon

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Source: The Guardian

The Pentagon has awarded Microsoft a $10bn cloud computing contract, beating out favourite Amazon, whose competitive bid drew criticism from US president Donald Trump and its business rivals.

Bidding for the huge project, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted leading tech titans Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and IBM against one another.

The contracting process had long been mired in conflict of interest allegations, and drew the attention of Donald Trump, who has publicly taken swipes at Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. Trump in August said his administration was reviewing Amazon’s bid after complaints from other companies.

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