- A federal judge approved Amazon's request that the Department of Defense stop work on the $ 10 billion JEDI cloud contract.
- The Pentagon placed the order with Microsoft last year. This was an impressive defeat for Amazon, which was generally expected to win the order.
- Amazon filed a lawsuit against the decision. The cloud giant last week asked the court "to stop JEDI's further fulfillment of the contract until the court decides on the protest".
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Amazon just took a small win in the battle for JEDI after a judge ordered the Pentagon to pause the $ 10 billion cloud project.
A federal judge approved Amazon's request to suspend the Department of Defense's work on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, a huge cloud that stores and manages sensitive military and defense data. A sealed statement and order said that the Department of Defense was "provisionally asked" to proceed with the JEDI contract. It was unclear why the order was sealed.
The Pentagon awarded the JEDI contract to Microsoft last year, an angry victory over rival Amazon, whose victory had been widely preferred. But Amazon contested the Pentagon's decision and accused the agency of "clear flaws, mistakes, and unmistakable prejudices" against the cloud giant.
Last week, Amazon asked the court to "stop JEDI's continued performance until the court decides to protest."
"It is important to review the numerous valuation errors and obvious political interference that have affected the JEDI pricing decision," said a spokesman for Amazon Web Services. "AWS is determined to support the Department of Defense's modernization efforts and a speedy legal process that will resolve this matter as soon as possible."
Microsoft was "disappointed with the additional delay that we believe we can ultimately push ahead with to ensure that those who serve our country can access the new technology they need," said Frank X. Shaw, vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement emailed to Business Insider.
"We have confidence in the Department of Defense and we believe the facts will show that they have gone through a detailed, thorough, and fair process to identify the Warfighter's needs that Microsoft has best served," Shaw added.
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