US Judge Temporarily Suspends Cloud Contract Between Microsoft and Pentagon

The US Department of Defence (DoD) last year identified two finalists, Amazon and Microsoft, to provide the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud-computing project, ruling out contenders including US-based tech giants IBM and Oracle.

A US judge, Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to the JEDI contract, after Amazon filed a suit alleging bias in the bidding process.

In a formal motion earlier this year, Amazon asked the US court to suspend Microsoft’s engagement in the JEDI project, alleging that the bidding process had “clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias”.

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