Google drops out of $10bn Pentagon cloud project

Todd Singleton
October 12, 2018

Microsoft Corp.is showing off its government cloud credentials as the deadline to tender a bid for a key Department of Defense cloud computing contract draws near.

Google was hoping that the $10 billion contract would boost its cloud business, which lags behind that of AWS and Microsoft.

Companies were asked to submit their bids for 10 years contract on October 12th. Microsoft may not be able to win this multi-billion-dollar contract over Amazon, but Microsoft's Julia White emphasized today that the company's expanded Azure Government Secret Cloud service would make it "a strong option for the JEDI contract".

The Tech Workers Coalition claimed pressure from Google employees was the true reason for Google's exit.

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After the uproar, Google announced it would not renew the Maven contract once it expires in March.

Google took the decision to withdraw out of the contract as thousands of its employees opposed its participation in other U.S. government project.

The department also said it expects "to maintain contracts with numerous cloud providers to access specialized capabilities not available under the JEDI Cloud contract". The decision follows a months-long protest by Google's workers, who oppose the company profiting from government defense contracts. White laid out Microsoft's case in a almost 1,000-word prelude to the company's announcement of the new cloud certifications, leaning heavily on the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" mantra that has defined the Satya Nadella era of Microsoft. IBM, Microsoft and Oracle have sharply criticized the Pentagon's approach and even mounted lawsuits seeking to overturn it, arguing that the project is unfairly tilted in Amazon.com's favor. It also would not work on technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms, and technologies whose goal contravenes widely accepted principles of worldwide law and human rights. As only one company will be awarded the contract, Amazon is seen as the frontrunner. The company's competitors are anxious that Amazon has an inside track to the JEDI award because of its earlier work with the Central Intelligence Agency, and because the request for proposals includes certain government IT certifications that only Amazon is likely to meet.

Google employees have previously had issue with the company's interaction with government agencies.

In a statement, Google said they "couldn't be assured that [the deal] would align with [their] AI Principles".

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