According to the information, the Digital Agency of Japan has selected Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform as the first batch of service providers for its national cloud computing projects.
To recall, Amazon Cloud Services also obtained a cloud computing contract worth up to 10 billion U.S. dollars from the National Security Agency (NSA). However, the US National Security Agency’s decision to award AWS this cloud computing contract was challenged by Microsoft. Microsoft is Amazon’s biggest competitor in the cloud computing market, and it has also bid for this cloud computing contract.
Google Cloud is the third largest cloud computing provider after Amazon Cloud Services and Microsoft Azure. Google has set a goal for Google Cloud to defeat its competitors Microsoft Azure and Amazon Cloud Services by 2023.
A Digital Agency official said the budget for government cloud computing until March 2022 is about 2 billion yen but the budget for the upcoming years is as yet undetermined. The government cloud project aims to unify and standardize digital infrastructure across ministries and roughly 1,700 municipalities, which currently operate their own systems.
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