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AWS to ask court to block Pentagon’s $10bn cloud contract

Written by Wed 15 Jan 2020

Court to make decision on Amazon’s appeal on February 11

Amazon Web Services (AWS) plans to ask a judge to halt Microsoft from commencing “substantial” work on a lucrative Pentagon cloud contract until its lawsuit challenging the contract’s validity is resolved.

In a US Federal Claims Court filing that surfaced this week, the two companies proposed a schedule for dealing with the litigation, including Amazon’s plan to seek the court order.

“AWS intends to file a motion for a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction to prevent the issuance of substantive task orders under the contract, which the United States has previously advised AWS and the court will begin on 11 February 2020, given the United States’ consistent position that the services to be procured under the contract are urgently needed in support of national security,” the filing reads.

The court will make a decision on Amazon’s request on 11 February, the same day that Microsoft is due to commence work on the Pentagon’s general-purpose cloud platform. Microsoft and the DoD plan to file “partial motions” in favour of axing Amazon’s case on 24 January.

Microsoft secured the $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) with the US Department of Defense in October 2019, ending a two-year-long procurement process in which rival and cloud market leader AWS was considered the frontrunner throughout.

It took just a month for Amazon to file a lawsuit against the decision at the US Court of Federal Appeals, citing foul play. In December, AWS CEO Andy Jassy publicly blamed “significant political interference” for the company’s failure to secure the decade-long contract.



Written by Wed 15 Jan 2020

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