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AWS ‘surprised’ over losing out on $10bn US JEDI cloud deal to Microsoft

October 28, 2019

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has expressed surprise over the decision by US government defence chiefs to award a lucrative 10-year, $10bn cloud contract to its arch-rival Microsoft.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed on Friday 25 October that Microsoft had secured sole supplier status for its controversial decade-long Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract.

This means the Redmond software giant will be responsible for providing the department with a general-purpose cloud environment where its applications and systems can be hosted, as part of its push to downsize its datacentre estate and modernise its IT setup.

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