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AWS, Microsoft face off in JEDI battle

The contest for the Defense Department's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract is down to two companies -- Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

As part of a broader announcement that an investigation into possible conflicts of interest found “no adverse impact” on the procurement, Department of Defense spokeswoman Elissa Smith said Microsoft and AWS are now the only two companies that meet all of the requirements listed in the proposal.

The probe was launched after Oracle brought suit, alleging two former AWS employees whose work for DOD touched the controversial JEDI procurement constituted a conflict of interest. That lawsuit was stayed in order for the DOD probe to take place. Now that the investigation is over, DOD will seek to lift the stay. There's no word yet on whether DOD will seek to have Oracle's lawsuit dismissed.

IBM, which also protested the JEDI solicitation but did not join in Oracle's lawsuit, is also now officially out of the running.

Delays in the procurement process have pushed the expected award date, which has been moved from April to mid-July at the earliest, Smith said. Further court filings could further delay the award and start of the contract, however.

Meanwhile, DOD is moving ahead with identifying resources it needs to help manage JEDI once it is awarded. The Cloud Computing Program Office is looking for sources that can support migration of early adopter applications, business and leadership operations, infrastructure and software engineering, security and risk management, office automation and desktop applications, change and budget management,  along with program execution. 

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