Google plans to compete for a three-year contract that replaces the Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing program and will be split across multiple cloud vendors, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
The publication cited sources that say Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian met with DOD officials to talk about the bidding process for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract.
A spokesman for Google said the company backs DOD’s plan to diversify JWCC by competing the program as a multivendor contract.
“We are firmly committed to serving our public sector customers … and we will evaluate any future bid opportunities accordingly,” the spokesman added.
The Pentagon aims to award the JWCC contracts by April. Department officials said they expect Google, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) to compete for the contract.
In July, DOD initially announced plans for the new cloud procurement effort after it decided to cancel the JEDI program.
Google announced Wednesday that it secured FedRAMP High authorization for its Google Workspace collaboration platform and obtained DOD Impact Level 4 designation for key Google Cloud services.