The Pentagon Grants Microsoft a $ 10,000 Million Military Contract And Amazon Is "surprised"

The tech giant Microsoft on Friday became the winner of a $ 10,000 million contract to store Pentagon data in the cloud, thus imposing itself on Amazon, one of the main contenders.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced that the contract, which will last 10 years, seeks to modernize the US military computer systems. The JEDI Cloud system, presented by the company of Bill Gates, will store and process large amounts of classified data, allowing the US military. UU. Use artificial intelligence to accelerate your w ar planning and combat capabilities.


For its part, the competitor Amazon was "surprised" by the decision, reports The Washington Post.

"We are surprised by this conclusion. AWS is the obvious leader of cloud computing, and a detailed assessment of comparative offers clearly leads to a different conclusion," Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement referring to the Pentagon decision.

"We remain deeply committed to continue innovating for the new digital battlefield, where security, efficiency, resilience and resource scalability can be the difference between success and failure," said Herdener.

According to a report by the research firm Gartner, Amazon owns almost 48% of the public cloud computing market, while Microsoft is in second place with around 15.5%.

Criticized Decision

Unlike the other tech giants, Google decided, last year, not to compete for the contract, after its employees repudiated the company's participation in government contracts.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and Amazon were also subjected to criticism from their own employees for doing business with the government, especially in military and immigration projects.