Dec 8, 2022 - Technology

Pentagon splits cloud contract among 4 Big Tech firms

An illustration of an Ethernet cable being plugged into the Pentagon

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The Pentagon on Wednesday said it is awarding a key cloud computing contract to four big tech firms: Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.

Why it matters: The move hedges the military's bet and gives them access to all of the major cloud service providers.

Catch up quick: The Pentagon initially awarded a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft in 2019. However, Amazon sued, saying that the Trump Administration's anti-Amazon bias had impacted the awarding of the contract.

  • The Pentagon eventually voided the contract and launched the new bid, the results of which were announced Wednesday.

What's next: The Pentagon has scheduled a press conference for Thursday to discuss the deal.

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