Microsoft Corp. is eyeing extra cloud computing offers just like the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure contract it gained from the U.S. Division of Protection final 12 months.
The corporate is concentrating on overseas governments with comparable initiatives because it seems to be to broaden its “cloud-based computing and storage resources at all government security classification levels,” CNBC mentioned in a report Friday.
Below the JEDI contract, Microsoft will present the Pentagon with an intensive cloud computing infrastructure and entry to safe, offline units. The concept is to hyperlink collectively the Pentagon’s varied army methods underneath a single, unified structure. As well as, JEDI will allow the Pentagon to check and deploy varied synthetic intelligence applied sciences.
Work on the JEDI undertaking has been on maintain due to an ongoing authorized problem by Amazon Net Providers Inc., which says its rival bid was unfairly snubbed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. CNBC mentioned Microsoft is now centered on brokering offers with overseas governments which have comparable categorized cloud computing wants whereas it awaits the result of the JEDI dispute.
The plan is reported to be a part of a method by Microsoft to widen its cloud infrastructure enterprise by concentrating on public sector wants overseas whereas nonetheless sustaining its shut relationship with the Trump administration, CNBC mentioned. That relationship has additionally helped Microsoft to dealer a attainable acquisition of the favored, ByteDance Ltd.-owned app TikTok.
Microsoft declined to remark straight on CNBC’s report, as a substitute speaking about the way it has labored with varied governments all over the world for greater than 4 a long time.
“We have government customers using our products to enhance their services with the latest in commercial innovations, deeply engage and connect with citizens in powerful ways, and empower government employees with the modern tools they need to be more efficient and effective, and to give them time back to focus on their agency mission,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
Microsoft is well-placed to win extra authorities contracts, thanks partially to its safe Azure Authorities Cloud providing that was launched in 2017. Along with the JEDI contract, it additionally gained a smaller, $1.76 billion deal to supply info expertise consulting and help companies to numerous branches of the Division of Protection in January 2019.
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