Amazon information lawsuit contesting Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft

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FILE PHOTO: The brand of Amazon is seen on the firm logistics centre in Boves, France, November 5, 2019. Information/Pascal Rossignol/File Photograph

(Information) – Amazon.com Inc on Friday filed a lawsuit within the U.S. Courtroom of Federal Claims contesting the Pentagon’s award of an as much as $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp.

An Amazon spokesman mentioned that the corporate filed a grievance and supplemental movement for discovery. The submitting was beneath seal.

“The Criticism and associated filings include supply choice delicate data, in addition to AWS’s proprietary data, commerce secrets and techniques, and confidential monetary data, the general public launch of which might trigger both occasion extreme aggressive hurt,” Amazon mentioned in a courtroom doc in search of a protecting order.

“The report on this bid protest probably will include equally delicate data.”

Final week, U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper rejected any suggestion of bias within the Pentagon’s determination to award Microsoft the contract after Amazon introduced plans to problem it.

Amazon was thought of a favourite for the contract, a part of a broader digital modernization strategy of the Pentagon, earlier than Microsoft emerged because the shock winner.

The corporate has beforehand mentioned that politics obtained in the way in which of a good contracting course of. U.S. President Donald Trump has lengthy criticized Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos.

Reporting by Sathvik N and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Modifying by Sandra Maler