Microsoft, Amazon Leading The Way To The Pentagon’s Multi-Cloud Environment

Dan Goure

Dan Goure

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Microsoft, Amazon Leading The Way To The Pentagon’s Multi-Cloud Environment

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently announced that two companies, Microsoft and Amazon, made the cut to compete for a contract to build the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI). The decision to allow Microsoft and Amazon to compete head-to-head for JEDI undercuts the arguments by some critics that the contract was wired for the latter. Moreover, even if Amazon were to win JEDI, this amounts to no more than 16 percent of overall Pentagon demand for cloud services. Given the rapid pace of technological change in this area and the rise of new entrants, DoD will have lots of options to create a true multi-cloud environment.

The goal of the JEDI project is to leverage the best in cloud computing technologies to build a highly-secure, enterprise-wide cloud environment capable of supporting the rapid collection, movement and analysis of all-source information. Because this attempt is the first-of-its-kind to create a cloud capable of supporting military operations from the Pentagon down to the foxhole, it is something of an experiment. If it is successful, DoD leaders have said it will follow JEDI with a series of purpose-built clouds that meet the needs of specific components and missions.

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