Amazon asks court docket to pause Microsoft work on $10 billion Pentagon cloud deal

Amazon asks court docket to pause Microsoft work on $10 billion Pentagon cloud deal

Amazon has requested a court to quickly block Microsoft from working on a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract till a lawsuit challenging its validity is resolved.

The company’s cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, said in a declaration Wednesday night that it used to be “common practice” to remain contract overall performance while a protest was pending, including that it’s “important that the numerous evaluation blunders and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed.”

Amazon filed a lawsuit in November in the US Court of Federal Claims alleging that the US Defense Department failed to pretty choose its bid for the so-called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract due to the fact President Trump'>Donald Trump viewed Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos as his “political enemy”.

The president has lengthy criticized Bezos over everything from the shipping prices his organisation pays the US Postal Service to his personal possession of what Trump calls “the Amazon Washington Post.”

In October, the Defense Department awarded Microsoft the contract to modernize the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure. The lawsuit seeks to restrict the branch from intending with the deal except a new evaluation or award decision. The Pentagon did now not right now return a request for comment late Wednesday night.

The Pentagon’s JEDI task is designed to consolidate the department’s cloud computing infrastructure and modernize its science systems. Amazon was once extensively seen as the front-runner for the contract because it formerly received a moneymaking cloud deal from the Central Intelligence Agency and had earned the perfect levels of federal safety authorizations.