Google broke an agreement with the Pentagon

Gerald Bowen
October 12, 2018

Google is behind other technology companies such as Amazon and Microsoft in obtaining government cloud-security authorizations that depend on the sensitivity of data a service is hosting.

Opal, of Microsoft partner SWC, said given a Bloomberg report last week that the Chinese government has compromised the servers of rival cloud providers with a supply chain hack, it is easy to understand why Microsoft would be increasing its reach into the federal market. The protest was filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) days before the bidding process closes.

Google is taking a pass at a potential $10 billion contract.

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. Having one company to run everything is not only bad practice, IBM argued, but is also less secure, since it gives an attacker only one target to aim at and only one target to bring down.

That the Pentagon could trust housing its digital data with Google would have been helpful to its marketing efforts with large companies.

"We will enrol our technical teams in the same programme Google Cloud uses to train its engineers, allowing us to build internal machine learning expertise". "Starting with a number of firms while at the same time trying to build out an enterprise capability just simply did not make sense".

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Top Pentagon officials have said the JEDI contract would account for about 16 percent of the Department's overall cloud computing work, subsuming numerous Defense Department's existing cloud efforts.

Those who are looking to take a swing at landing a massive $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon will not have to worry about competing with Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

These certifications are a big deal in the world of government cloud computing, and they are one of the reasons Google dropped out of the running for the JEDI contract Monday. AWS is widely seen as the front-runner for the contract.

Google won't bid to renew its Project Maven contract with the Pentagon after it expires in 2019. However, Google this week said it was dropping out of the race, citing ethical concerns over the use of its artificial intelligence technology, which would likely have been a key component of the services it would have to provide if it won the contract.

The StreetLearn environment relies on images from Google Street View and has been used by Google DeepMind to train a software agent to navigate various western cities without reference to a map.

The news outlet Federal News Network first reported Google's decision.

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