DEFENSE – Pentagon Awards Billionaire Contract To Microsoft Ahead Of Amazon

The Pentagon on Friday awarded a $ 10,000 million contract to Microsoft for cloud data storage, a surprise award since Amazon's main favorite, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, is facing US President Donald Trump.

Amazon – known in the cloud storage services sector as AWS – has a market share of 48%, while Microsoft is 15.5%.

The contract, called Joint Infrastructure Defense Company (JEDI, in English), aims to replace its own storage systems with cloud data from technology giants, allowing access to the latest technology and massive servers.

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In addition, according to US media, the Pentagon contract, the largest in its history in the technological field, is expected to serve as an example for other government agencies.

The award of the contract comes after Trump has referred to it several times after complaints filed by Amazon's initial competitors, such as Microsoft, IBM or Oracle itself.

Trump, in addition, maintains a struggle with Bezos, who in addition to Amazon owns the newspaper The Washington Post, one of the most critical means of managing the president and has been the subject of his anger.

An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said after the Pentagon decision that the company is "surprised."

The Pentagon, for its part, said in a statement that all parties "have been treated fairly and evaluated in a manner consistent with the evaluation criteria established" in the call.

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