(Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday awarded cloud computing contracts worth $9 billion each to Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon Web Services Inc, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp.
The contracts which run until 2028, will provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels.
The move comes months after the Pentagon had delayed its decision to award an enterprise-wide Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract earlier this year.
The deal puts the military more in line with private-sector companies, many of whom split up their cloud computing work among multiple vendors to avoid being locked in to any specific one.
(Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru; Editing by Stephen Coates)