Microsoft has been able to close a major deal with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide $ 1,76 billion in software and services over five years.
The Pentagon he said on Friday when we got the deal, which states that Microsoft will provide business services to DoD, Coast Guard and various other secret services.
In a statement announcing the deal, the Pentagon explains that the support it bought from Microsoft includes the following:
Microsoft's services, products, and support for software developers and product groups to exploit a variety of proprietary resources and source code. Microsoft support for tools, knowledge database, and customized changes to Microsoft's source code when required.
The five-year Indefinite Delivery and Unlimited Quantity (IDIQ) contract is due to expire on January 10, 2024. This contract commits Microsoft to providing an unlimited amount of services during the period.
The contract allows DoD to pay to Microsoft payment orders, primarily from operational and maintenance funds.
Microsoft's victory comes as DoD continues to evaluate the bids submitted by companies for a $ 10 billion dollar contract, also known as JEDI or Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. The Pentagon should select only one company in the first quarter of 2019.
Microsoft announced in October that it was well on its way to definitively endorsing the certification of Top Secret US classified information (6) in the first quarter of 2019.
The Microsoft competitor, Amazon Web Services (AWS), is considered the pioneer of the JEDI contract. Google resigned because it did not have the required government credentials.
Oracle filed several complaints last year with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claiming that some parts of the contract were written in a way that favors AWS and that this is illegal because it favors a single seller.
The GAO ruled that the Pentagon legally had the right to concede the contract to a vendor because it considers a basis of interest.
IBM has also criticized the "winner gets it all" method of the JEDI contract.