Pentagon delays cloud computing contract to December -official

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WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - The Pentagon delayed its decision to award an enterprise-wide Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract that could be valued as much as $9 billion to December from April, the Pentagon'schief information officer said on Tuesday.

Proposals are being evaluated from four companies: Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O), Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Amazon Web Services , Pentagon Chief Information Officer John Sherman told reporters.

"This is going to take us a little bit longer than we thought," Sherman said, adding that the workload to evaluate multiple proposals simultaneously was cumbersome.

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Up to four winners could be selected with the combined value of the contracts coming to as much as $9 billion over five years if all options and extensions were exercised, Sherman said.

The JWCC is the multi-cloud successor to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), which was an IT modernization project to build a large, common commercial cloud for the Department of Defense. read more

While the Trump administration wanted a single cloud-computing provider for the Department of Defense as laid out under JEDI, the Biden administration canceled it in favor of parceling out the project to multiple companies.

Such a move would put 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.

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Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington, Editing by Franklin Paul and Bernard Orr

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