Pentagon splits $9 billion cloud deal between Google, Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft

Dec 7 (Reuters) – The Pentagon has awarded $9 billion in cloud computing contracts to Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon Web Services Inc (AMZN.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Oracle Corp Wednesday.

The Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) is the multi-cloud successor to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), which was an IT modernization project to build a large common commercial cloud for the Department of Defense.

The separate contracts, which carry notional revenue of $9 billion, run through 2028 and will provide the Department of Defense with globally available cloud services at enterprise scale across all domains. security and classification levels, as announced in the contract.

US Navy Commander Jessica McNulty, spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, said in a statement that the JWCC was a multi-priced deal consisting of four contracts with a shared cap of $9 billion.

The move comes months after the Pentagon delayed its decision to award an enterprise-wide JWCC contract.

The Pentagon attempted to move to the cloud several years ago using the JEDI concept, but the proposal died after litigation halted the procurement process.

This deal could bring the military more in line with private sector companies, many of which split their cloud computing work among multiple vendors.

Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru and Mike Stone in Washington DC; Editing by Stephen Coates and Gerry Doyle

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