Despite Amazon’s attempts to prevent Microsoft from continuing the Pentagon’s cloud computing contract, the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), Microsoft has not suspended it, and the company has begun hiring developers to execute the contract,media reported. Microsoft has listed more than 100 developer positions for security developers, and Microsoft “has been working hard to attract talent from defense contractors and other companies and provide employees with the necessary authorization to undertake the project,” CNBC reported.
Amazon complained that U.S. President Donald Trump had “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks on Amazon” that affected the bidding process, but the Pentagon replied: “… The department has full confidence in the JEDI program and will continue to work to acquire this critical competency as quickly as possible and to deliver it to our fighters efficiently. “
In a sealed complaint, Amazon asked a federal judge to block the Defense Department from continuing the contract and to restart the bidding process.
Microsoft has been trying to maintain a competitive edge, saying only: “We did our best in the rigorous JEDI evaluation process and thank the Department of Defense for choosing Microsoft.” “
“We believe the facts will show that they (DoD) are running a detailed, thorough and impartial process to determine that Microsoft can best meet the needs of its soldiers,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement. “
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, confirmed: “We’ve moved faster since the contract was awarded.”