Microsoft keeps itself open to expanding on meeting government needs across the world via cloud offerings, eyeing to deliver the "latest emerging commercial technology innovation" in order to empower the public sector.
The agreement expands an existing contract among Microsoft, Dell Technologies Inc. and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to include more products.
While Amazon has attracted praise from Central Intelligence Agency chiefs for its cloud environment, Dana Barnes (Vice President of Microsoft's National Security Group) countered, saying "What this does, is it reinforces the fact that we are a solid cloud platform that the federal government can put their trust in" in an interview reported by Bloomberg, "If the IC [Intelligence Community] can trust it, so can the DoD". Under the terms of the deal, the agencies can opt to use Microsoft's cloud in their own time frame. Known as the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, it is the largest government cloud contract ever and is expected to be worth billions over the next decade.
Amazon Web Service is believed to be the front-runner for the deal.
The IC is responsible for handling some of the toughest problems facing the nation, harnessing the intelligence derived from the most sensitive data at unprecedented scale. Office 365 for US Government also supports USA federal security standards like both FEDRAMP Moderate and High, as well as industry regulations like CJIS in law enforcement, FERPA in education, or HIPAA in healthcare, along with many others.