Microsoft Wins JEDI Program to Bring Pentagon Information to the Cloud

Microsoft created a surprise by winning against Amazon, despite being the big favorite, the $10 billion contract for the JEDI program, aiming to bring a large part of the Pentagon's digital information, whether classified or not, to a Cloud-type architecture. With this announcement, the Pentagon will be able to begin porting 80% of its digital data to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, in order to strengthen performance, security and secure accessibility to data in a unified and decentralized architecture.

By doing this, the Pentagon wants to accelerate the overall performance of its information system, in order to no longer depend on the performance of each system taken individually. By decentralizing the architecture thanks to the Cloud, it will also strengthen the resilience of the entire system in the face of targeted attacks, particularly physical, while the logical security of the system will be reinforced by unifying and standardizing security protocols, so to no longer have a level of security equal to that of its weakest link, as is often the case. In addition, this will make it possible to standardize procedures in the event of a degraded environment, such as the Business Resumption Plan and the Business Continuity Plan, and therefore, here again, not to be hampered by a weak link that may to block the entire reconstruction of the logical system after an event.

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For the Pentagon, the expected benefits of the JEDI program affect both performance and security of access to Defense data

The JEDI program had caused a lot of turmoil in Washington, in particular because of suspicions of favoritism in favor of Amazon, considered throughout the competition as favorites with its Amazon Web Services architecture. A procedure in this direction led by Oracle is still in progress, but the choice of Microsoft risks making it lose a lot of materiality. The Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, had to recuse himself from the decision-making committee for this strategic project, to avoid suspicions of favoritism hindering the procedure, while his son-in-law works for IBM.

It is likely that, on the strength of this success, Microsoft will seek to capitalize on both the image and the experience acquired around the JEDI program, to offer the United States' allies, primarily the Europeans, an equivalent solution. It remains to be seen how, in Europe, we will appreciate putting the majority of Defense information in the hands of a group bound by American legislation, which we know is likely to be quickly modified to meet the ambitions of the House. White.

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