Pentagon officials on Tuesday got rid of the huge JEDI cloud-computing contract and stated that they would start fresh with a brand new project, capping a years-long initiative that had become mired in litigation from Amazon.com Inc. and a barrage of objections from Congress.
In terminating the contract with Microsoft Corp., Department of Defense officials focused largely on technical reasons, stating that advances in cloud computing and the Pentagon’s own evolving requirements had made the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure scheme out of date.
“The evolving landscape is what has fueled our thinking, “stated John Sherman, the Pentagon’s acting chief information officer. “JEDI was the correct approach at the time, “he added, but the changing circumstances “we’re in a different place.”
The decision will open up a brand new cloud project-rebranded as Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability-to all qualified bidders, Pentagon officials stated. In addition to Microsoft and Amazon, officials stated that qualified bidders could include alphabet Inc.’s Google, Oracle Corp., and IBM Corp.