American tech giant Microsoft Corp. has reportedly challenged a cloud computing contract awarded by the US government to its rival Amazon.com Inc., according to CNBC.
- Microsoft filed the protest against the National Security Agency before the Government Accountability Office on July 21, seeking to scrap a $10-billion cloud computing contract with Amazon.
- The contract, dubbed “WildandStormy,” seeks to update the NSA’s classified data storage. This comes after the canceled Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure deal which was canceled after a lengthy legal battle.
- An NSA spokesperson confirmed that the agency recently awarded a contract for cloud computing services and that the unsuccessful bid filed a protest. It will respond to the challenge in accordance with federal regulations.
- Microsoft said the administrative protest is part of exercising its legal rights, which it will do “carefully and responsibly.” Amazon’s cloud computing AWF deferred to the NSA.
Pentagon’s JEDI project was scrapped in July, as the agency said it will push through with the project with both Amazon and Microsoft. MSFT is up 0.83%, while AMZN is up 0.32%.