Oracle Fights the Pentagon Cloud Contract
The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud computing contract winner is set to be chosen in one month’s time and things have been heating up. With $10 billion dollars on the line how could they not?
With that heat comes tension between the cloud providers. Oracle has filed its second bid protest against the Pentagon this week in their latest fight against the contract. Though the protest has yet to be made public, Nextgov reported that it is supplemental to a similar protest that the cloud provider filed earlier this month.
Oracle’s complaint is about the fact that the Department of Defense plans to award the entire contact to a single company, which they believe was done to favor AWS. Since Oracle isn’t as big of a player as Amazon, they feel that their chance in the game is diminished. We will have to wait and see how the Pentagon reacts to these complaints.
Microsoft’s Southern U.S. Data Center Goes Down
Coming back to work after the Labor Day holiday was not pleasant for many customers using Microsoft Azure, as the company’s southern U.S. data center shut down early Monday morning. The shutdown procedure was initiated following a spike in temperature inside one of the facilities in order to prevent a more catastrophic failure.
Though the main issue appeared to be confined to the Texas region where the data center is located, other issues affected customers of many regions. Office 365 users had trouble, as well as those who rely on the Microsoft Active Directory to log into accounts, and people using Visual Studio Team services. Microsoft issued a statement saying they would provide an update at 10 am that same day, which was then pushed back to 1 pm when they reported that multiple services were still being affected. The company was still working on getting services back up and running well into Wednesday.
Cooling systems are a crucial part of a modern data center. Will we continue to see issues of this nature from Microsoft? Hopefully not, but we will be here to keep you in the loop.
‘Five Eyes’ Government Wants Backdoor Encryption
The ‘Five Eyes’ government, an international pact between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, has called on providers to “create customized solutions, tailored to their individual system’s architectures that are capable of meeting lawful access requirements.” The pact between these nations separated by foreign waters and a common language, was created so that the five can share intelligence across each other and use each other’s diplomatic power and strategic locations to gather the rest of the world’s communications.
This backdoor access would allow each government to access the encrypted data of the companies’ users. This call has become more of a demand with governments threatening to push legislation to help them achieve this if providers are not cooperative.
This is not the first time that the nations have levied this threat, last year the Australian government constructed a memo that called for action against unbreakable encryption. Will this affect cloud provider users data? We’ll keep an eye on this story as it develops.
HubSpot Selects AWS
AWS announced earlier this week that Hubspot has selected them to be their preferred public cloud provider. Hubspot, whose core products such as Hubspot CRM and SalesHub run on AWS, has over 48,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company will expand its use of AWS to build new apps in the cloud.
The Chief Strategy Officer at Hubspot, Brad Coffey, stated, “Scale and the ability to innovate at a faster rate are immensely important for our business, which is why we chose to take a cloud-first approach with AWS, making it our preferred cloud provider.”
Hubspot has used AWS to build a highly automated microservices architecture to support apps of all sizes, scale, and complexity; and constructed a data lake to ingest and analyze operational data to diminish costs and internal waste. What will Hubspot do next with this partnership?