A court in the US has agreed to a request from Amazon to stop Microsoft and the Department of Defence from continuing to work on implementing a US$10 billion cloud deal that was awarded to the Redmond software giant in October last year, Reuters reported.
Microsoft has set up two new Azure regions in the US devoted to the hosting of government data at the defence department's Impact Level 6, the highest classification for data.
Microsoft has justified its bidding for a massive Department of Defence cloud contract, despite a number of its employees objecting to the company's participating in the effort to win the contract which is said to be worth US$10 billion over a decade.
A number of Microsoft employees have urged their employer not to put in a bid for a massive cloud contract with the US Department of Defence, saying they had joined the software giant in the expectation that technologies they built would not cause harm or human suffering.
A day ahead of the closing of bids for a massive US Department of Defence cloud contract, WikiLeaks has published the locations of Amazon's data centres which, it claims, have been a closely held secret until now. Amazon is a frontrunner to win the US$10 billion contract.
An analyst from Citi Research has suggested that it might be a good idea for Amazon to split, separating its e-commerce business from its cloud division to avoid any regulatory pressure.
The conditions that vendors have to satisfy to bid for a massive US Defence Department contract appear to be sharply skewed to favour the online retail giant Amazon, the American magazine Vanity Fair claims.
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