Microsoft and Dell win big cloud deal with U.S. Intelligence

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Microsoft and Dell managed to score a big six-year contract with the U.S Intelligence Community.

Microsoft has managed to score a big deal with U.S. Intelligence for a US $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract, codenamed JEDI. This contract from the U.S Department of Defense will include a single vendor for the JEDI contract, which could last up to 10 years.

According to SDXCentral.com site, the deal comes at a good time for Microsoft and it was quite a feat considering that it went against Amazon, IBM, Oracle, and other cloud providers.

In a comment about the JEDI deal, Dana Barnes, VP of Microsoft’s National Security Group, said that the company has a long-standing 30-year partnership with the DoD and that this agreement reinforces that the federal government can put their trust in the Microsoft Cloud for Government.

According to known details, the U.S Intelligence Community (IC) is a multi-agency group which is compromised of a total of 17 different government organizations, including Army, Marine Corps, FBI, Department of Defense, CIA, Air Force, and others.

The new deal adds Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Cloud for Government, including Office 365 for U.S. Government and Azure Government, and it also includes Dell as a joint enterprise agreement partner. The same deal will include Microsoft’s infrastructure-as-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products.

Microsoft has been quite successful in winning similar contracts as in 2017, it managed to secure a US $1 billion contract which will move the U.S. Air Force’s IT and communications to the cloud, together with Dell EMC and General Dynamics.

 

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