Trends Report

The US Department Of Defense Makes A Smart Cloud Decision By Selecting A Single Vendor

October 29th, 2019

Summary

The Department of Defense (DoD) finally awarded the long-disputed JEDI contract for cloud computing services, worth $10 billion over 10 years, to Microsoft. Forrester believes the DoD made a smart decision in awarding the contract to a single provider to reduce complexity and allow it to modernize its architecture quickly. Amazon and Microsoft deliver the broadest cloud services catalogs, technology maturity, data center facilities, and security expertise — making either a smart choice. Multicloud advocates critique single-provider models for resiliency shortcomings, vendor lock-in, and limited options. Amazon may protest the decision given President Trump’s recent involvement and commentary in recent weeks, which some attribute to Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post.

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