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Google pulls out of competition for $10B Pentagon cloud contract

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

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

As part of its latest push to win government workloads, Microsoft said over the last six months it expanded FedRAMP, the certification that ensures the government's strict security and compliance standards, across more than 40 services that advance the provider's "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" strategy.

This is partly because the company's new ethical guidelines do not align with the project, Google said on Monday, without elaborating.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently took meetings in Washington to try to rebuild the company's relationship with the military amid all the employee unrest.

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The company did, however, add that they are still "working to support the USA government with our cloud in many ways".

In 2016 Microsoft said its Azure Government cloud service ahd been authorised by the Defense Information Systems Agency to handle data with the Information Impact Level 5 (IL-5) clearance level. Google decided not to renew its work for Project Maven - which uses machine learning to analyze drone footage - after over 3,000 employees signed an open letter opposing building what they called "warfare technology".

Google had every intention of bidding for, and possibly winning, the JEDI contract.

In a statement to Bloomberg, the Tech Workers Coalition said that "sustained" pressure from employees opposed to Google involvement in JEDI showed workers "have significant power, and are increasingly willing to use it".

Google has announced its decision to withdraw from the competition of cloud computing contract from the Defense Department. More than 8 in 10 of the companies surveyed had stated that they prefer a multi-cloud approach and they are on average running applications on 3.1 clouds.

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A Google spokesman added that there were also portions of the contract that were out of scope with the company's current government certifications.

The victor would help the Department of Defense build a single enterprise cloud that stores classified information and enhances its weapons capabilities, while enabling the federal government to consolidate its data centers.

That work will not include JEDI, which seeks to improve the Pentagon's cloud capabilities.

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.

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