Google Cloud on Wednesday announced that the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) – an organization within the Department of Defense (DoD) – selects Google Cloud to build secure Cloud Management Solution to detect, protect against, respond to cyber threats. Google dropped out of the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud contract war, citing it was in conflict with its “AI principles.” So, this contract is a big win for the cloud unit and CEO Thomas Kurian.
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and growing the national security innovation base. DIU partners with organizations across the Department of Defense (DoD), to rapidly prototype, field and scale advanced commercial solutions that address national security challenges.
Concerning the contract, Google Cloud did not mention any numbers, but it involves the Anthos – the product that Google launched last year. It will allow DIU to run web services and application across Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure – while being centrally managed from the Google Cloud Console. The solution will also enable real-time network monitoring, access control, and full audit trails to maintain strict cloud security posture without any trade-offs between speed and reliability.
Pentagon’s multi-cloud strategy finally sees movement
The new contract comes amid the ongoing battle between AWS and Azure over the Department of Defense’s (DoD) most coveted $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract. In October 2019, DoD announced that after the long-running bidding process, the contract would be awarded to Microsoft. As the news was so unexpected for the Amazon, they started preparing to challenge the decision in court and announced the same few weeks later.
Pentagon’s efforts to embrace multi-cloud was going into vain. Even two weeks ago, Microsoft said that Amazon had filed another, confidential complaint with the DoD to push for JEDI re-do. But to fuel the multi-cloud operations, DIU finds the way with Google Anthos. Google launched its Anthos platform for managing hybrid and multi-cloud operations, giving it away to pursue more enterprise workloads. Google made Anthos for AWS generally available last month, while offering Anthos for Azure in preview.
DIU To Use Multiple Cutting-Edge Platforms
“Google Cloud is a pioneer in ‘zero trust’ security and in deploying innovative approaches to protecting and securing networks worldwide,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “We’re honored to partner with DIU on this critical initiative to protect its network from bad actors that pose threats to our national security.”
DIU’s Cloud Management Solution includes Anthos for hybrid cloud deployment, Istio for secure service communication, and Netskope for cloud security. The solution promises to deliver better network throughput, more controlled access, reduced cost, support for roaming users, and the ability to deploy quickly and seamlessly.