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When Microsoft first approached the Emerald Cities Collaborative in late 2019, with the idea of working together on renewable energy projects that address climate justice issues, there was skepticism on both sides.

Emerald Cities Collaborative administers the Just Transition PowerForce, which includes more than a dozen organizations leading the movement for a just transition in frontline communities across the United States. The group was wary of big corporations with flashy promises.

"Mission alignment may be around climate, but our organizations … are intersectional, so while you may be doing the right thing in climate, your labor standards or your other business practices may actually not be aligned," said Denise Fairchild, president emeritus of the Emerald Cities Collaborative. "So we’re concerned about mission alignment, profit over mission. We’re concerned about tokenism, a lot of corporations step into the plate just to get the photo opportunity."

Fairchild had seen this play out before with other companies: "At the bottom line, there’s no real engagement of the community, there’s no decision-making and power-sharing opportunities. And there’s no significant impact in the communities that we are saying that we care about."

We’re concerned about mission alignment, profit over mission. We’re concerned about tokenism, a lot of corporations step into the plate just to get the photo opportunity.

 

On the other side of the relationship, Microsoft’s director of environmental justice, Danielle Decatur, had to show corporate leaders within the software giant the value of partnering with community groups to achieve sustainability goals.

"It's my job to create that architecture within our company to help folks connect to that mission and understand how their jobs can be a part of that," Decatur said.

Ultimately, Fairchild and Decatur say they’ve struck a unique agreement that avoids the pitfalls these types of partnerships often fall into. They shared their insights at the VERGE Net Zero conference this week, where they spoke on a keynote moderated by GreenBiz Chairman and co-founder Joel Makower.

The first step in solidifying the partnership involved the Just Transition PowerForce setting the rules of engagement. Crucially, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that the groups developed gave both sides shared decision-making power and equal say in the governance structure.

As an example, Microsoft and the Just Transition PowerForce shared the responsibility of creating an evaluation matrix for grant funding. That may seem like just a matter of paperwork, but Fairchild says it largely determines what kind of projects get done, and the type of impact they make in the communities.

From there, Fairchild’s organization stepped up to facilitate a number of "learning opportunities" with Microsoft, essentially a series of workshops about what climate justice means, what frontline communities are facing and how Microsoft could help. It was something Fairchild said the collaborative is used to doing: The nonprofit network includes a wide range of members — from climate justice groups to labor unions and businesses — and knows how to help them find common ground.

"That was easy for us, to walk into the Microsoft space and try and build a similar kind of table, and have this kind of important conversation," Fairchild said.

One goal of these learning sessions was simply to build trust and understanding. But the workshops also helped define how renewable energy procurement — what Microsoft saw as its financial biggest lever for environmental justice — could be used to benefit frontline communities.

"Corporate buyers of renewable energy, like Microsoft, are really helping to drive the clean energy transition, and so it’s an imperative, important opportunity for us to also help to drive a just transition," Decatur said.

The initial result of the partnership was a renewable energy purchase agreement announced in July 2020 with Sol Systems, a national solar energy firm. As part of the deal, Sol Systems plans to build 500 megawatts of solar projects to power Microsoft data centers. But the agreement also invests $50 million in "community-led grants and investments that support educational programs, job and career training, habitat restoration and programs that support access to clean energy and energy efficiency," according to a press release.

While this sort of deal has obvious benefits for Microsoft's sustainability goals — notably, to become a carbon-negative company by 2030 — Decatur said it’s also part of a broader business strategy.

To the extent that Microsoft can create co-benefits for these communities, and have that support for operations there, I think it’s important for longevity of the business.

Decatur sees climate justice work as a means of building trust with the communities that Microsoft operates in, something that’s good for the bottom line, too.

"To the extent that Microsoft can create co-benefits for these communities, and have that support for operations there, I think it’s important for longevity of the business," Decatur said.

Especially for renewable energy installations such as solar farms, which can inspire fierce local opposition, Decatur said Microsoft will continue to take this type of community-led approach. (You can read more of its best practices here.)

"We need to make sure that those installations have communities in mind and really have communities co-leading," she said.

And if there’s one thing Decatur wants other companies to know about really committing to environmental justice, it’s this: "In doing this work, we need to move at the speed of trust."

Editor's note: This story was updated Dec. 13 to correct references to Just Transition PowerForce and Emerald Cities Collaborative.

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Killexams : Microsoft Looks to Generate $5 Billion in Revenue from LSEG and the Financial Services Sector Through 10-year Strategic Partnership

Today, Microsoft announced a 10-year strategic partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), a world-leading financial markets infrastructure and data provider. Following LSEG’s acquisition of Refinitiv, a market leader in data services, LSEG has differentiated itself in the market with an end-to-end proposition across trading, execution, data and analytics solutions. Together we look forward to empowering the future of financial markets by delivering next-generation data, analytics and workspace solutions that transform how firms connect, research, analyze, collaborate and transact across the entire financial markets value chain.

Organizations across the capital markets value chain are facing an increasingly complex operating environment with macroeconomic headwinds, stricter regulatory controls and traditional revenue sources becoming more challenging. These conditions are putting greater pressure on firms to reinvent business models and do more with less. However, their legacy platforms, siloed information, limits on scale and data overload hinder their ability to deliver the best client experience, insights and tools. This requires a digital transformation approach underpinned by modern cloud and AI technology. LSEG has already started to address these issues for their customers, and through this strategic partnership, we will accelerate that transformation.

Additionally, capital markets run on data and by investing in the co-creation of new solutions, we will capitalize on the incremental opportunity we have together and support clients in their transformation.

“This strategic partnership is a significant milestone on LSEG’s journey towards becoming the leading global financial markets infrastructure and data business and will transform the experience for our customers,” said David Schwimmer, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group.

Democratizing financial markets data
Foundational to the partnership will be the digital transformation of LSEG’s technology infrastructure and data and analytics platforms onto the Microsoft Cloud. This will include Refinitiv platforms that power over 40,000 financial institutions in 190 countries with data, analytics and insights across millions of active time series databases, daily evaluations, exchange trades and derivatives, equity quotes and significant research on public and private companies.

With this foundation, we will co-create an open, centralized, financial data platform enabling seamless data democratization, collaboration and new monetization opportunities across the financial services ecosystem. This will unlock new offerings for customers to generate more sophisticated and timely insights.

Delivering next-generation workspace experiences
The financial markets community spends a large part of their day working across multiple terminals and platforms, disparate data sets and siloed analytical tools with limited collaboration capabilities. To enhance productivity and time to value, we will work together to co-create an open all-in-one data, analytics, workflow and collaboration solution that will reimagine client experiences for the first time.

This will be realized through the next generation of LSEG Workspace on Microsoft Teams platform that will support in-application rich experiences for understanding trends and analyzing risk and building scenarios while meeting strict security, privacy and compliance requirements.

Additionally, with enhanced Excel integration, customers will be able to create financial models, run data analytics and visualizations using LSEG content delivered in Excel and work seamlessly between LSEG Workspace and Microsoft 365.

The initial focus will be on delivering interoperability between LSEG Workspace and Microsoft Teams, Excel and PowerPoint with other Microsoft applications and a new version of LSEG’s Workspace, accessed entirely within the Microsoft 365 suite, to be added in the future.

Creating intelligent analytic solutions
Today, firms can experience duplicated costs and complexity in harnessing the full power of analytics to unlock models that garner intelligent insights for business decision making. To address this need, we will work together to co-create next-generation analytics and modelling solutions which are cloud-based and will enable powerful model construction, validation, diagnostics and deployment using Microsoft Azure AI, Synapse, Power BI, Excel and Teams with LSEG’s advanced analytics and modelling capabilities.

It will empower investment bankers, traders, wealth and asset managers, as well as risk, compliance, strategy and advisory managers to run hyperscale analytics models against data efficiently and seamlessly. Built on top of Azure Synapse, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Purview, the new cloud-based analytics and modelling solutions will enable users to expose, share and collaborate across proprietary and third-party data securely and confidently, meeting stringent data privacy, security and compliance requirements, eliminating the need to move or copy the data to another location (which can be expensive, time-consuming and introduce security and compliance concerns).

Additionally, quantitative analysts, data scientists and engineers will be able to build custom models to drive their analysis and decision-making seamlessly. Both can help organizations spend less time, money and effort building and maintaining their own infrastructure.

“Bringing together our leading data sets, analytics and global customer base with Microsoft’s comprehensive and trusted cloud services and global reach creates attractive revenue growth opportunities for both companies” said David Schwimmer, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group.

Additionally, we will explore the development of digital market infrastructure based on cloud technology, with the goal to transform how market participants interact with capital markets across a broad range of asset classes.

This partnership represents a significant milestone for the future of financial markets and builds on Microsoft’s investments across capital markets and more broadly across the financial services industry. Microsoft estimates this partnership, and broader market opportunity, could generate an additional $5 billion in revenue for the company over the next 10 years, including the $2.8 billion minimum spend commitments from LSEG for cloud services and support.

Microsoft will also purchase an approximately 4% equity stake in LSEG through the acquisition of shares from the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Consortium.

“We are delighted to welcome Microsoft as a shareholder. We believe our partnership with Microsoft will transform the way our customers discover, analyze and trade securities around the world, and create substantial value over time. We look forward to delivering on that potential,” said David Schwimmer, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group.

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Killexams : Microsoft continues commitment to US Department of Defense with JWCC selection

The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) selecting Microsoft among the cloud service providers to support its Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract is a significant milestone in the department’s goal to establish an enterprise-level tactical cloud. With the announcement, Microsoft will help deliver mission-critical 21st century technology to our nation’s service members and strengthen U.S. national security. The selection is another clear demonstration of the trust the DoD places in Microsoft and our technologies.

Our work on JWCC will build on the success of our industry-leading cloud capabilities to support national security missions that we have developed and deployed across the department and service branches. We continue to develop new technologies that utilize the latest commercial innovations, enable interoperability and are designed to bring data analysis and insight to the tactical edge. Microsoft’s investment is also aligned with the department’s 2021 OCONUS cloud strategy, including building Azure Government Secret and Azure Government Top Secret classified clouds to provide the DoD with secure cloud capabilities at all classification levels. We’ve designed ruggedized edge devices to bring advanced compute capabilities to the most remote regions of the world. We expanded our Azure Space and 5G capabilities to ensure ubiquitous connectivity so that service members can process, analyze and operationalize data whenever and whenever they need it. This continuous innovation puts us ahead of the curve and in a strong position to meet all the key milestones for JWCC, along with key DoD priorities such as their AI and cloud strategies and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiatives, in the coming months and years.

The solutions and services we’ve developed are built on a foundation of cybersecurity, deployed across all devices, clouds, apps and platforms. We’re supporting the DoD’s deployment of its Zero Trust strategy to further secure their network and systems, building on our existing efforts with programs like Navy’s Flank Speed to protect nearly half a million identities and devices. Microsoft brings together massive signal depth and diversity of over 43 trillion signals per day synthesized daily using sophisticated data analytics and AI algorithms, and a global team of 8,500-plus security experts to deliver unparalleled protection.

Collaboration across industry and academia is also key to accelerating innovation and advancing the DoD’s mission. That’s why we’ve set up deep partnerships to advance research and development in emerging areas. We recently announced a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin to innovate with our classified cloud, enhance secure 5G connectivity at the edge, and Excellerate gaming, exercising, modeling and simulation (GEMS) capabilities to bring military planning and coordination through immersive environments. Earlier this year, we announced a collaboration with the Naval Postgraduate School to advance cloud-enhanced intelligent edge networking and computing, modernize remote training and education, and develop solutions to operationalize emerging technologies in the field for the Navy and Marine Corps. And we’re helping defense partners, like Raytheon Technologies and Oshkosh, move to the cloud to help the broader industry align to the DoD’s priorities.

We believe the multi-cloud approach for JWCC is the right one for the DoD’s enterprise infrastructure. Multi-cloud is already an established best practice in the commercial industry because it enables organizations to maximize flexibility, enhance resiliency and access the best technologies across providers. With comprehensive infrastructure and data management solutions like Azure Arc, Microsoft Purview and Defender for Cloud, Microsoft will be a key partner to the DoD as they navigate the multi-cloud environment and ensure seamless interoperability of systems and services.

As we have demonstrated for more than 40 years, our focus on who we are serving will never waver. We remain committed to the department and to those serving around the world who are helping keep us all safe.

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Killexams : Microsoft acquires optical networking startup Lumenisity

Microsoft Corp. has acquired Lumenisity Ltd., a startup developing high-speed optical cables for data center and carrier networks. 

Microsoft announced the acquisition today. The company didn’t disclose the transaction’s financial terms, but detailed that it plans to use Lumenisity’s networking technology to enhance its cloud infrastructure. 

“The acquisition will expand Microsoft’s ability to further optimize its global cloud infrastructure and serve Microsoft’s Cloud Platform and Services customers with strict latency and security requirements,” said Girish Bablani, corporate vice president of Azure Core at Microsoft. “The technology can provide benefits across a broad range of industries including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government.”

U.K.-based Lumenisity was launched in 2017 as a spinoff from the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre. Since then, the startup has raised £12.5 million in funding to commercialize its technology. Lumenisity’s flagship product is a network cabling system called CoreSmart that promises to provide higher performance than traditional fiber optic links. 

Historically, data center operators used copper network cables to connect their servers with one another. Today, fiber optic cables are used instead of copper wiring in situations where optimizing speed is the priority. Fiber optic cables can transmit information faster and more reliably between servers.

A fiber optic cable consists of several parallel glass fibers coated with plastic. Data travels through the glass fibers in the form of light, whereas traditional copper wires transmit data as electricity. Light travels faster through glass than electricity through copper, which is why fiber optic cables provide higher network speeds.

Lumenisity’s CoreSmart technology promises to provide even better performance than fiber optic links. Moreover, the startup says, its technology can potentially make data center networks more secure. 

A CoreSmart cable is similar to standard fiber optic links in that it contains a collection of glass fibers. The primary difference is that the center of the cable is hollow. Data travels through a CoreSmart-powered network link’s hollow center 50% faster than via fiber optic links, according to Lumenisity.

The increased speeds promised by the startup are partly the result of reliability optimizations built into its technology. Thanks to those optimizations, companies can send more data over a CoreSmart cable at once than would otherwise be possible.

Data is encoded into beams of light before it’s transmitted over an optical network link. The more powerful the light beams, the more information can be sent over the network at once. In practice, however, data center operators must limit the amount of information that is sent via optical cables due to a phenomenon known as chromatic dispersion.

Chromatic dispersion causes the light beams that travel over a fiber optic link to interfere with one another, which leads to network reliability issues. According to Lumenisity, its technology mitigates the issue to a large extent. CoreSmart cables are less prone to chromatic dispersion, which allows them to transmit more powerful beams of light than fiber optic links support and thereby deliver faster network speeds.

Microsoft didn’t specify how it plans to apply Lumenistiy’s technology in its infrastructure. However, one possibility is that the company will use CoreSmart cables to optimize network traffic between its cloud data centers. Lumenisity claims that CoreSmart’s performance makes it possible to move network traffic between cloud locations with less latency than using competing technologies.

Besides increasing network speeds, the startup’s technology can potentially also Excellerate cybersecurity. According to Lumenisity, CoreSmart may make it simpler to implement an emerging breach detection approach known as quantum key distribution. The method applies concepts from quantum mechanics to detect hacking attempts.

“For the public sector, HCF could provide enhanced security and intrusion detection for federal and local governments across the globe,” Bablani said. “And with the rise of the digital economy, HCF could help international financial institutions seeking fast, secure transactions across a broad geographic region.” 

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Killexams : Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle Share DoD Cloud Contract

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded contracts with a combined potential value of up to $9 billion to Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle under the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) program. JWCC is the successor to Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), which attracted contracting controversy and was canceled last year in favor of a multi-cloud approach.

Each of the four companies has been awarded a hybrid (firm-fixed-price and time-and-materials, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity) contract with a ceiling of $9,000,000,000. No funds are being obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. 

The purpose of the JWCC contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge. JWCC will allow mission owners to acquire authorized commercial cloud offerings directly from the Cloud Service Providers contract awardees. 

The estimated completion date is June 8, 2028. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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Killexams : Data protection drives Dell’s quest to secure infrastructure across the IT landscape

The meaning of resilience in IT systems is being redefined.

Dell Technologies Inc. has embarked on a strategy to deliver “Trusted Infrastructure” to its clients, as enterprises have come to accept the fact that not every potential threat can be stopped. The harsh reality of today’s cyberworld is that attackers will still penetrate the compute environment. It’s what enterprises do to build in cyber resilience that will make the difference between disruption or dismissal of the threat.

Data is what the modern cybercriminal covets. Most companies have become ultra-aware of the need for data protection and Dell’s approach has focused on protection, detection, response and, ultimately, data recovery for businesses who must guard customer information.

“If you look at anything that is interesting in the world today, at the center of it is data,” said company co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell, in an interview with SiliconANGLE in May. “You need to be able to protect it, secure it, and that’s what we do.”

Air-gapped options

Dell’s concept of a Trusted Infrastructure had been in development over several years. Many of the elements behind the approach were outlined as far back as 2015 that highlighted core themes of orchestration, recovery and root of trust.

The company has been active on several fronts to implement its Trusted Infrastructure approach. A key element in this strategy has been Dell APEX, which delivers cloud services for a range of data and workload requirements.

Dell introduced its Cyber Recovery solution in 2018 and incorporated APEX into the service earlier this year. The cyber-recovery offering loads sensitive data into off-premises vaults and protects it in the event of a ransomware event. According to one Dell executive, the company’s cyber-recovery service has grown from $50 million in revenue three years ago to over $400 million today.

The APEX solution uses air-gapped vaults to store data outside of a client’s system, and protection mechanisms are provided through Dell’s data domain backend.

“In the event of a security-related event and ransomware attack, you could lose all of your data,” said Sid Nag, vice president of cloud, edge services and technologies at Gartner Research, in an interview with SiliconANGLE for this story. “Dell’s approach is to say: ‘If you can keep all of that data elsewhere, we’ll make sure you have an insurance policy.’”

Storage security

Dell has also extended cyber resilience through the most recent releases of PowerStore and PowerMax. The all-flash PowerStore storage solution was enhanced with a hardware root of trust capability to secure systems at a foundational level.

Dell’s PowerMaxOS 10 enterprise data storage array release contained over 200 new features, including secure boot and digitally signed firmware updates. Cybersecurity capabilities were also extended though multifactor authentication and continuous ransomware/malware anomaly detection as part of Dell’s zero-trust architecture approach.

One of Dell’s strategic initiatives has been to invest in and expand its cloud Managed Services platform. Remote infrastructure monitoring and support for servers and storage are part of the package when it comes to optimizing IT operations for clients.

A key element in Dell’s Managed Services is the firm’s cybersecurity-as-a-service offering. Dell’s Managed Detection and Response solution combines the company’s security experts with the Secureworks Taegis XDR security analytics platform to stop attacks across endpoint, network and cloud.

“We’re bringing the best of the industry and Dell Services together to give them a one-stop-shop managed service,” said Patrick Mooney, senior vice president of services product portfolio management at Dell, in a recent interview with SiliconANGLE. “Let us watch for you so that you can run your business. And when we detect something, we’ll advise you and help you respond.”

Cross-platform protection

In addition to maximizing its APEX solution and updating security features for storage and managed services offerings, Dell has been systematically adding cybersecurity protection across its portfolio of products over the past year. Last fall, the company announced new software and services to accelerate virtual machine backup data availability. Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager added a new feature, “Transparent Snapshots,” which can protect VMware virtual machines at scale.

With Kubernetes becoming an integral part of IT infrastructure, Dell has also taken steps to build in security at the Elastic Cloud Storage API level. The company released file and object storage with integrated cyber protection for containerized applications nearly a year ago as part of the release of Dell EMC Container Storage Modules. Through an expansion of its unstructured data portfolio specifically tailored of the Kubernetes space, Dell is offering cyber defense at data’s read/write level.

“We’re able to go and actually infer … that something bad is happening and where we think it’s happening and lock it down even more securely than, for example, just saying, ‘Hey, we provide object lock capabilities,’” said David Noy, vice president of product management at Dell, in an interview with SiliconANGLE.

Partnerships with major hyperscalers have emerged as a central element in Dell’s Trusted Infrastructure approach. In December, Dell announced plans to bring its anti-ransomware solutions to the Amazon Web Services Inc. cloud platform through PowerProtect Cyber Recovery. The agreement provided AWS users with a path to an air-gapped cyber vault for isolating critical data.

Dell followed that up with the launch of CyberSense for PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS in May. The service offered an ability for customers to scan metadata through the use of adaptive analytics. In July, Dell expanded its PowerProtect Cyber Recovery footprint to include users of Microsoft Azure. The software to automate and orchestrate the data vaulting process runs within an Azure virtual network where it is isolated from normal access.

Dell has also announced a collaboration with Kyndryl, the IBM spin-off of its managed infrastructure business, to jointly develop cybersecurity resilience services. Kyndryl recently launched its own cybersecurity resilience assessment service, offering workshops, expert consultation and infrastructure recovery capabilities.

Dell’s comprehensive Trusted Security initiative addresses a fundamental issue for organizations in a highly distributed computing environment. The mission to protect data where it resides has become infinitely more complicated in a multicloud, multiplatform world.

In Dell’s 2021 “Global Data Protection Index”, a survey of over 1,000 IT professionals found that 60% of organizations had suffered from data loss due to an exploited vulnerability and 65% did not express confidence that data/systems could be fully recovered in the event of a breach. Numbers such as these underscore Dell’s interest in providing Trusted Infrastructure to avoid the loss of an asset that has become central to business operations.

“The security angle makes sense, but the heart of the matter is to keep data in a safe, reliable storage platform so you can recover it in case you are attacked,” said Gartner’s Nag. “They are playing on an interesting narrative around security. Everyone is afraid of losing data.”

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Killexams : Google, Oracle, Amazon and Microsoft awarded Pentagon cloud deal of up to $9 billion combined

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The Pentagon said Wednesday that Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle received a cloud-computing contract that can reach as high as $9 billion total through 2028.

The outcome of the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, or JWCC, effort is in line with the U.S. Defense Department's effort to rely on multiple providers of remotely operated infrastructure technology, as opposed to relying on a single company, a strategy promoted during the Trump Administration.

A Department of Defense spokesperson told CNBC by email that "JWCC is a multiple award procurement composed of four contracts with a shared ceiling of $9 Billion." 

An increasing tally of businesses have also sought to rely on more than one cloud provider. In some cases they rely on specialized capabilities on one and the majority of front-end and back-end workloads on another. At other times, they come down to cost. Having more than one cloud might make organizations more confident that they can withstand service disruptions brought on by outages.

Originally, the Pentagon had awarded the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, to Microsoft in 2019. A legal battle ensued as Amazon, the top player in the cloud infrastructure market, challenged the Pentagon's decision. Oracle challenged the Pentagon's pick as well.

In 2020, the Pentagon's watchdog conducted a review and ruled that there was no evidence to conclude that the Trump Administration had intervened in the process of awarding the contract. Months later the Pentagon announced it would stick with Microsoft for the JEDI deal.

Last year the Pentagon changed its approach, asking for bids from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Oracle to address cloud needs. But the General Services Administration stated at the time that only Amazon and Microsoft seemed to be able to meet the Pentagon's requirements.

Wednesday's result is a boon in particular for Oracle, which analysts don't see in the top tier of companies offering cloud-based computing services. Oracle generated $900 million in cloud infrastructure revenue in the quarter that ended Aug. 31, a small fraction of the $20.5 billion total for Amazon's cloud subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, in the third quarter.

All four of the technology companies have won indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, or IDIQ, contracts, meaning that they can involve an indefinite amount of services for a specific period of time.

"The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge," the Defense Department said.

Correction: A prior version of this story said each company was awarded a contract of up to $9 billion, but that number represents the combined total for the four.

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Killexams : Microsoft is buying 4 percent of London Stock Exchange

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Microsoft has announced that it is buying a 4 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange, the deal will cost Microsoft £1.5 billion.

This new deal is part of a 10-year partnership between Microsoft and the London Stock Exchange, as part of the deal, Microsoft will provide data and cloud infrastructure for the LSE.

Today, we announced a 10-year strategic partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), a world-leading financial markets infrastructure and data provider. Following LSEG’s acquisition of Refinitiv, a market leader in data services, LSEG has differentiated itself in the market with an end-to-end proposition across trading, execution, data and analytics solutions. Together we look forward to empowering the future of financial markets by delivering next generation data, analytics and workspace solutions that transform how firms connect, research, analyze, collaborate and transact across the entire financial markets value chain.

Organizations across the capital markets value chain are facing an increasingly complex operating environment with macroeconomic headwinds, stricter regulatory controls and traditional revenue sources becoming more challenging. These conditions are putting greater pressure on firms to reinvent business models and do more with less. However, their legacy platforms, siloed information, limits on scale and data overload hinder their ability to deliver the best client experience, insights and tools. This requires a digital transformation approach underpinned by modern cloud and AI technology. LSEG has already started to address these issues for their customers, and through this strategic partnership, we will accelerate that transformation.

You can find out more details about the new partnership with Microsoft and the London Stock Exchange at the link below.

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Killexams : URC Vietnam partners with NTT for a cloud-first future through Cisco SASE and Microsoft Azure

Vietnam – NTT Ltd, a leading IT infrastructure and services company, and URC Vietnam, a part of Universal Robina Corporation and one of the leaders in the food and beverage industry, have today announced their partnership, to future-proof URC’s IT and security infrastructure though NTT’s managed cloud services. This initiative supports URC Vietnam’s vision of securing a cloud-first organisation, which will enable them to quickly adapt to changing business needs.

With URC Vietnam’s distributed workforce and hybrid workplace model, it was imperative that all end-user devices were centrally managed, whilst ensuring that employees had multi-location and secure access to their applications. 

As part of the partnership, NTT developed a solution that harnessed Cisco SASE and Microsoft Azure to accelerate and support operational efficiency across the company. NTT ensured that the URC network was connected via a managed Cisco SD-WAN to provide a secure connection from anywhere.  The zero-trust approach to security allows URC to securely manage all its applications from a single interface. Even with its pan Vietnam footprint, employees get to enjoy the full advantage of greater agility, increased security, and full visibility.

NTT Ltd. also created an Azure Landing Zone to allow the organisation to securely access data and applications. As a result, URC Vietnam could quickly and securely migrate and deploy applications within the cloud environment.

Junjiro Yuba, CEO in Vietnam for NTT Ltd. said, “We concentrated our efforts in developing and fine-tuning a system that opened new horizons of agility and flexibility in URC’s operations, without compromising on the security of its interactions and data. With URC’s devices and applications now secured, they can focus on driving innovation, while we ensure that their environment remains secure with our managed services.”

“All our components needed to talk to each other and share data. A fundamental building block of digital transformation is ensuring that all transactions are secure. Our customers need to be able to navigate in a safe and secure environment”, says Karen Salgado, CIO at URC.

Hoang Tuan Quynh, IT Director, URC Vietnam adds, “We want to move more systems onto Azure. Next is human capital management, followed by the warehouse system. We, at URC Vietnam, are very forward thinking in terms of digital innovation and, with help from our very supportive management team, we will continue on this journey.”

The two companies are currently working together to create a roadmap for the migration of the entirety of URC Vietnam’s applications onto Azure.

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