Google drops out of Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud competition

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Another from the Tech Workers Coalition reads: "We believe that tech companies should not be in the business of war, and that we as tech workers must adopt binding ethical standards for the use of AI that will let us build the world we believe in". Earlier this year, Google said it would not renew the AI contract with the defense department. Amazon is seen as the likely frontrunner for the award, in part because of its work supporting classified activities for the CIA and the intelligence community.

Google dropped out of the JEDI race yesterday, which leaves Microsoft and market leader Amazon among the strongest competitors.

Microsoft plans to continue simplifying its approach to regulatory compliance for federal agencies, "so that our government customers can gain access to innovation more rapidly", White said. However, there was discontent that there could only be one contract victor, with industry players stating their preference would have been for multiple providers to bid for and win the work.

The contract has a massive ceiling value of $10 billion over a period of 10 years, one of the largest of its kind in history.

Google has announced its decision to withdraw from the competition of cloud computing contract from the Defense Department.

"We've never built an enterprise cloud", said Dana Deasy, the Pentagon chief information officer overseeing the process.

AWS and Apple are among the companies that have firmly denied allegations in the report that China implanted a chip on Supermicro servers that made it into their data centers. But Sam Gordy, head of the company's federal business, described elements of IBM's strategy for the protest in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post. Both Microsoft and Salesforce have faced protests from staffers about their dealings with the U.S. immigration authorities in the wake of the Trump administration policy of separating families at the border.

Gordy also reiterated concerns that the procurement could be biased in favor of Amazon.

The Pentagon's JEDI contract will be awarded to a single bidder, which led to a urging the government to split the contact up between multiple tech companies. And also the fact that they had doubts they would be able to get the necessary certifications.

He said the second platform would be the "BigLife lifestyle" site which would be like combining Kayak, Tripadvisor, Groupon and eBay into a single platform.

The company separately described elements of its legal strategy in a draft blog post that is to be published on the company's website.

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