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Nasscom Announces Global Cloud Computing Challenge

According to NASSCOM, Cloud computing has democratised access to technology and in the Asia-Pacific region, India stands second only to China, as the largest and fastest-growing cloud services market

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The new corridor will facilitate partnerships between Indian and Chinese firms as part of Nasscom's efforts to evangelise IT development in newer geographies. Pixabay

To develop a sustainable workforce for disruptive technologies, IT industry’s apex body Nasscom on Tuesday announced that it is organising ‘WorldSkills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’ in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Intended to reflect upon areas including Cloud computing, exchange ideas and technical know-how of the IT industry, the four-day competition would commence on July 2 and end on July 6, Nasscom said in a statement.

Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.

“With this growing demand for skilled talent, we are confident that the initiative will not only help re-engineer education and but also make the workforce skilled and future-ready,” said Debjani Ghosh, President, Nasscom.

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The finalists would further compete in the 45th “WorldSkills International Competition 2019”, to be held in Kazan, Russia in August this year.

“WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011 to provide a platform to the youth, along with industries and educators to compete, experience, learn and develop key professional skill sets required for Industry 4.0.

According to NASSCOM, Cloud computing has democratised access to technology and in the Asia-Pacific region, India stands second only to China, as the largest and fastest-growing cloud services market. (IANS)

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Microsoft Gets Temporarily Blocked From Beginning Work on Pentagon Project Worth $10 Billion

AWS had claimed that the evaluation process that led to Microsoft winning the contract included "clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias"

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"While we are disappointed with the additional delay we believe that we will ultimately be able to move forward with the work to make sure those who serve our country can access the new technology they urgently require", Microsoft said. Pixabay

A federal judge in the US has temporarily blocked Microsoft from beginning work on the $10 billion Pentagon Cloud computing project following a motion filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The contents of the court order passed on Thursday was not made public, CNBC reported.

Amazon had asked the judge to force a temporary stay of work on the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure, or JEDI, project until the court can rule on Amazon’s protest over Pentagon awarding it to Microsoft.

AWS had earlier alleged that the contract was awarded to Microsoft last October after US President Donald Trump exercised his influence over the country’s Defence Department.

The Cloud computing giant said that it lost the lucrative project due to political influence.

The latest ruling to temporarily halt the work on the project came in response to a formal motion filed by AWS, asking the court to halt Microsoft’s work on the JEDI cloud contract.

AWS had claimed that the evaluation process that led to Microsoft winning the contract included “clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias.”

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A federal judge in the US has temporarily blocked Microsoft from beginning work on the $10 billion Pentagon Cloud computing project following a motion filed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Pixabay

“While we are disappointed with the additional delay we believe that we will ultimately be able to move forward with the work to make sure those who serve our country can access the new technology they urgently require,” Microsoft was quoted as saying in a statement:

“We have confidence in the Department of Defence, and we believe the facts will show they ran a detailed, thorough and fair process in determining the needs of the warfighter were best met by Microsoft,” the statement added.

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The US Department of Defence also expressed its disappointment over the ruling. (IANS)