Great cloud wars of 2021⚔️

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Jul 8, 2021

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What happened — the widely publicized, $10 billion comprehensive cloud-first digitization project of the US Department of Defense, called “JEDI”, will be scrapped — ending multi-year infighting between Nadella and Bezos’ boys, and of course the Trump admin.

Some backstory — the first-of its kind contract, to bring the US military's entire IT stack into the 21st century, was awarded to Microsoft in 2019. But rival Amazon was pissed, and broad consensus was that Microsoft was favored, despite AWS’ solution being superior, because Trump hates Bezos.

Amazon ran with that, challenging the government in courts.

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Why care — last year, AWS made $45 billion, so a $10 billion contract is a sizable pot that could arm a competitor and forever change the landscape.

Going forward — Pentagon is now looking at taking a multi-cloud approach to the solution, instead of procuring from just a single provider, will source and integrate solutions from Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon, and even IBM.

The ongoing ransom attacks may have pushed the needle on diversification.

Big picture — global governments spent $438 billion on IT last year, sizable chunks of which will be cloud-native in the future.

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