We're protesting over Pentagon's $10bn winner-take-all JEDI cloud deal — IBM

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We're protesting over Pentagon's $10bn winner-take-all JEDI cloud deal — IBM

The pool of potential cloud providers narrowed Monday, as Bloomberg reported that Google had chose to not to compete on the JEDI contract, as it may conflict with "corporate values".

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud (JEDI) contest's goal is to find a solution for the military to transfer massive amounts of data and processing power to the cloud. In his post, Gordy notes that the requirements "arbitrarily narrow the field of bidders".

Oracle is protesting the JEDI solicitation in advance of the submission deadline. "At no point have steps been taken to alleviate those concerns", he added.

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene said AirAsia has started using its G Suite programme tools and products to transform the way airlines function. The protest was filed with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) days before the bidding process closes. That led to fears that such a contract structure favored Amazon Web Services. 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.

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. JEDI's single-cloud approach also would give bad actors just one target to focus on should they want to undermine the military's IT backbone.

But the Pentagon claims awarding it to multiple companies would be too complex and slow the migration of the data.

After the uproar, Google announced it would not renew the Maven contract once it expires in March. The contract could last 10 years, and be worth up to $10 billion for the winning bid. The Pentagon has said it already offers individual clouds, many of them built in secret to enable classified military programs.

Cloud deal with U.S. military would have clashed with Google's AI values, company says.

Google also said it didn't yet possess some of the required government certifications needed to land the contract, and analysts said it was unlikely the company would be able to obtain these in time.

Google is undergoing a broader reckoning over how the company's artificial intelligence algorithms, which are some of the most advanced in the world, should be applied to the work of national defense.

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.

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