Amazon and Microsoft are in the final stretches of a fierce battle to win a $10 billion contract to build an artificial intelligence (AI) driven cloud for the US military, reported the Associated Press (AP).
Formely called the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure Plan (JEDI), the military’s next-generation computing project would store vast amounts of classified data that can be quickly analyzed by AI to help war planners make rapid decessions.
The “War Cloud” was first unveiled in a strategy report last year, stating: “Cloud is a fundamental component of the global infrastructure that will empower the warfighter with data and is critical to maintaining our military’s technological advantage.”
“This is not your grandfather’s internet,” said Daniel Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, a defense-oriented think tank. “You’re talking about a cloud where you can go from the Pentagon literally to the soldier on the battlefield carrying classified information.”
Securities analyst Daniel Ives at Wedbush said the opportunity to develop the War Cloud was a “no brainer” for Amazon a year ago — now seems like the contract could also go to Microsoft.
Amazon Web Service has been a dominant player in transitioning businesses, government, and other institutions onto the cloud. But Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform is steadily catching up to meet the high standards of corporate and government environments.
Amazon has been considered the front-runner for the War Cloud