Microsoft’s unexpected win of a $10 billion contract to run unified cloud services for the US’s Department of Defense has sent its share price soaring. The contract, announced October 26, will see Redmond develop a department-wide cloud services that will underpin new AI-powered war-fighting capabilities.
The Pentagon says it currently uses over 3.4 million end users, four million endpoint devices, 1,700 different data centres and 500 cloud initiatives. Under the contract, these will be bundled into a single common cloud environment.
Microsoft beat AWS to the contract, which will “address critical and urgent unmet warfighter requirements for