What you need to know
- Microsoft is reportedly seeking foreign contracts similar to JEDI.
- While JEDI is on hold, Microsoft wants to use what it has learned to offer related services to US allies.
- Microsoft has no comment, but official news may be announced later this year on the deals.
Microsoft is reportedly seeking to expand its cloud and security services to foreign governments according to a breaking report from CNBC. The deal is similar to, and based on, the existing Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract with the US Defense Department. According to the scoop, Microsoft is looking to expand its "cloud-based computing and storage resources at all government security classification levels."
JEDI work has been on pause due to ongoing legal challenges from Amazon, who believe they were unfairly snubbed by the Trump administration. According to CNBC, Microsoft is using this time to broker deals with non-US governments with similar needs for classified cloud computing and secure devices that can operate offline.
According to the report:
In a statement to CNBC on the matter, Microsoft declined to comment directly, but did point out its long history of deals with "… government customers using our products to enhance their services with the latest in commercial innovations, deeply engage and connect with citizens in powerful ways, and empower government employees with the modern tools they need to be more efficient and effective, and to give them time back to focus on their agency mission."
It is not surprising that Microsoft would seek to use its knowledge of working with the US to approach other governments with similar needs to upgrade and update critical national security infrastructure. The Redmond company has been reaping the rewards from its popular Azure cloud service and continued push of Microsoft 365 to business, enterprise, and government.
Microsoft already has another contract named Defense Enterprise Office Solutions, or DEOS, which is worth $7.6 billion and was also awarded to General Dynamics Corp to deploy Microsoft Teams to the Department of Defense. It seems these may become routine deals for Microsoft from now on, especially with ongoing concerns of Chinese espionage related to network technologies.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
As long as it's U.S. Allies and have zero connection to each others servers, I couldn't see this being a problem.
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