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AWS protests West Point's award to Google

Amazon Web Services has filed a bid protest over West Point's specifying the use of Google’s GSuite Enterprise for a task order it awarded under the Army ACCENT basic ordering agreement. The value apparently is below $25 million.

That's not something you see every day.

Usually Amazon is on the other side of the protest -- a competitor such as Microsoft objecting to an agency specifying the use of Amazon. In one case, the agency withdrew the solicitation. And in another, Microsoft withdrew its protest.

The only other AWS protest I could find was from early 2015 when the company protested another solicitation that specified the use VMware for cloud services. That protest was withdrawn a month later probably because the solicitation was pulled back.

And of course, AWS was the target of IBM’s unsuccessful protest of the CIA cloud contract win in 2013.

But this West Point protest shows how much the market has changed in recent years when you have the likes of Google and AWS squaring off over an Army contract.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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