The news: The Pentagon has awarded the contracts for the $9 billion Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle, per The Register.
The background: The US Department of Defense announced last year that it would solicit bids from the four cloud competitors, which is in line with a distributed, multi-vendor approach. JWCC is the successor to the long delayed JEDI deal which had been awarded solely to Microsoft before the deal was rescinded.
The bigger picture: A multi-cloud, multi-vendor approach to a large defense project ensures that various stakeholders are kept in check, with no one company pulling all the strings. It guarantees competition over price and the extent of each provider’s involvement.
The big takeaway: Confirming the DoD’s JWCC contract is another big win for the Biden administration and comes just days after the groundbreaking at TSMC’s Phoenix chip factory, revealing that long-term technology initiatives are falling into place.
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