Daily Dose: GAO Says the Cloud Computing Contract Needs to Change

The General Services Administration (GSA) thought the battle between Microsoft and Google for the cloud computing contract was solved last Monday favoring Microsoft. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) brought several issues to light that may prove that the battle will continue.

The contract could have several positive outcomes, if executed correctly. It would allow federal agencies to use Web-based e-mail services while simultaneously saving space and money by allowing computing resources to be pooled.

Competition for this contract has been nothing but intense, and both sides continue to submit protests to the GAO. For example, in the chosen contract as it stands, the technology firms would be allowed to have computing centers in war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, but not in “developing tech centers” like Brazil, India and South Africa.

What do you think about this cloud computing contract so far? Has the GSA made the right decision?

Cloud computing contract with ties to Microsoft and Google needs changes, GAO says


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