This is worth as much as $10 billion over a decade. The resulting system will store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the U.S. military to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities. Microsoft has also won major cloud-infrastructure deals from companies like Walmart. Early in the process Amazon was seen as the favorite. Smaller cloud rivals like IBM and Oracle were eliminated from the competition earlier in the process. In fact, the Amazon billionaire executive Jeff Bezos has been a constant source of frustration for the president Trump. The actual result of the competition surprised Amazon.
“AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings clearly lead to a different conclusion. We remain deeply committed to continuing to innovate for the new digital battlefield where security, efficiency, resiliency, and scalability of resources can be the difference between success and failure,” a spokeperson declared. Microsoft, Amazon, Google and other tech giants have faced criticism from their own employees about doing business with the government, especially on military and immigration-related projects.