The Pentagon started bidding on Thursday, for a vast cloud computing contract that could be valuable as much as $10 billion. Given its size, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, popular as JEDI, is attracting major cloud computing firms that may not usually do much business with the Department of Defense.
Reported in March, JEDI is designed as a winner-take-all contract with a potential 10-year period, although the Pentagon made a clear statement that the actual award will have period of just the initial two years, so all 10 years aren’t set in stone up front.
While it is not still sparked the similar level of outcry as Google’s AI contract with the Pentagon popular as Project Maven, JEDI isn’t noncontroversial.
The present Project Maven which is not famous, was a smaller, more particular contract with direct suggestions for the military’s utilization of drones, while JEDI is wider and bigger, asking for a vendor to offer cloud services for all branches of the military. Google has since impulsive ideas to resume the contract, but Maven was probably a kind of test worked for the firm in the lead-up to JEDI.
While Amazon is greatly considered as the most possible winner, Google, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM are also in one of the major tech firms awaited to throw their hats into the ring.
Prior in the procedure, it appeared feasible that firms could band together to form unlikely alliances against the perceived frontrunner, although it looked in the last appeal for proposal that the Pentagon ideas to award the contract to a one and only one firm able of managing it.
Interested parties will have til September 17 to submit proposals, so in the months to come we can probably await to hear more from firms in the running and workers who oppose JEDI involvement.
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