To provide cloud services for the country’s public sector and military, Israel’s government chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google for a more than $1 billion project.
For the four-phase project known as “Nimbus”, Amazon and Google beat out Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, said the Finance Ministry on Wednesday.
They will be establishing a local cloud sited with an initial investment of 4 billion shekels ($1.2 billion) in Israel. Under strict security guidelines, these sites will keep information within Israel’s borders.
The project includes the four phases of acquisition and construction of cloud infrastructure, formulating government policy for migrating to the cloud, integration and migration, and control and optimisation of cloud activity.
According to the ministry, Nimbus, a multi-year flagship project intended to provide a comprehensive solution for the provision of cloud services to the government, the defence system and other groups in the economy.
To address the third part of the project, another tender process is underway, in which dozens of local suppliers will be selected to assist in the migration of government systems to the cloud and the development of systems in the cloud environment.