After months of anticipation, AWS and Google Cloud have been selected to provide cloud services to the Israeli government as part of the comprehensive Nimbus project. The two IT giants will create cloud-based data centers as the first step in a plan to move much of the government’s IT infrastructure to the cloud, with an initial investment of over $1 billion.

So, Israeli governmental organizations will shift to Google Cloud and AWS. Israel’s Nimbus project is expected to accommodate huge amounts of sensitive data, improve efficiency and reduce bureaucracy. The project requires a large investment in infrastructure and must operate independently of any other cloud services region in the world for security reasons, with the ability to meet all of the nation’s needs in the long term.

A separate Nimbus project tender was won by KPMG who will set out a government strategy to move Israeli government operations to the cloud. Another tender will be focused on providing engineering help in implementing this move, while a still to be published tender will be about optimization of using services in the cloud.

Data Centers in Israel

The Nimbus project consists of four parts. The first part is about acquiring and constructing cloud infrastructure. The second part is about formulating the government policy for cloud migration. The third part will be about the integration and migration to the cloud, while the fourth part shall include implementation and optimization of cloud operations.

Google Cloud and AWS beat out bids from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. The hyperscalers will share some parts of the construction process and compete for others. The cloud services will be offered out of data centers to be built in Israel.

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