An agreement of Pentagon related to cloud computing systems

The Pentagon has granted a $10bn (£8bn) cloud computing agreement to Microsoft on 26th of Friday, following a vigorously investigated bidding process in which Amazon had been viewed as the top pick.

The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure, known as JEDI, had set off a standoff among Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Google for the privilege to transform the military's cloud computing systems.

The agreement has an outsize significance since it is fundamental to the Pentagon's efforts to modernize its technology. A significant part of the military works on 1980s and 1990s computer systems, and the Defense Department has burned through billions of dollars attempting to make them converse with each other. Consequently, the department of defence aspire to replace its ageing computer networks with a single cloud system. Along with the contract, the Microsoft will provide artificial intelligence-based analysis and host classified military secrets among other services. It is trusted JEDI will provide the military better access to data and the cloud from battlefields.

Pentagon stated that it had granted more than $11bn in 10 separate cloud computing contracts in the course of recent years.

Source: BBC

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