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Microsoft expands cloud service in push for $10 bn Pentagon contract

11 October 2018, 07:03 | Megan Pierce

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene takes the stage at Cloud 2018

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene takes the stage at Cloud 2018

$10 billion might be a significant boost to the cloud business unit, but the collateral damage to the rest of the company could be much greater.

A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 7, 2017.

Google has announced that it will not be placing a bid for a cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon.

Whoever lands the controversial Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract will provide cloud computing infrastructure and other services to the USA military for the next 10 years.

The plane would have data that is now held by contractors move to a cloud solution, and tech companies including Google, Amazon and Microsoft were stepping up to be part of it.

This is partly because the company's new ethical guidelines do not align with the project, Google said on Monday, without elaborating. It also comes as the company continues to deal with employees upset over its artificial intelligence tech being used by the military.

Microsoft now offers 50 services across its US regions that are authorized at the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program's Moderate level, meaning that a loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability on those systems would result in "serious adverse effects on an agency's operations, assets or individuals".

Only four months after the employee outrage at Google which prompted the search engine giant to end their drone programme contract with the Pentagon, CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly visited Washington DC to "smooth things over".

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Alphabet's Google recently made a decision to drop out of a competition for the lucrative contract over the fact that it did not align with its ethical guidelines.

Couching its objections in patriotic terms, IBM today filed a pre-award protest objecting to the final solicitation for the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract.

Recently Google stated that it is planning to close down Google Plus after the company found a security susceptibility that leaked the private information of up to 500,000 users.

According to them, however, the company refuses to work with the government of the United States.

Bloomberg added that a Google spokesperson said, had an effort by a number of companies including Microsoft, International Business Machines Corp., and Oracle Corp.to split the contract into pieces succeeded, the company could have "submitted a compelling solution for portions of it".

Amazon Web Services is now the only company to have achieved an IL-6 security authorization, besting other competitors including Microsoft, Oracle Corp. and International Business Machines Corp.

With businesses looking to digitally transform and monetize their data, Opal said he's seeing an uptick in SWC commercial clients using the Microsoft government cloud to deliver services.



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