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Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government to help the nation’s public sector agencies leverage Google Cloud services.
The agreement will see UK public sector bodies receive a discount depending on cloud demand and expected spend.
Google revealed it has been in discussions this year with CCS, the UK Cabinet Office executive agency and trading fund, regarding requirements for cloud services under the One Government Cloud Strategy, a joint initiative between Cabinet Office, CCS and Government Digital Service to open up the cloud services market to more suppliers to provide the best value for agencies.
Google has pledged to stop developing AI tools that help the energy sector with oil and gas extraction.
The company made the announcement hours after Greenpeace released a report comdemning public cloud giants for providing technology to oil and gas companies that inflicts more damage on the environment.
Microsoft and Amazon were also singled out in the ‘Oil in the Cloud’ report for providing the struggling sector with high-powered computing and cloud tools that reduce production costs.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe and once bustling industrial economies are grinding to a halt.
Companies and their employees are being forced to rapidly adapt to a new way of working, civil liberties are being withdrawn to ease pressure on already-squeezed health services, and emergency services on the frontline of the pandemic are making unthinkable sacrifices to attend the infected.
IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google are joining forces with the White House, the US Department of Energy, and other US federal agencies to deliver supercomputing power and public cloud resources to scientists and researchers working to address the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
As part of the newly-announced Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium, the companies are making 330 petaflops of performance available to researchers attempting to understand the virus and form treatments that can be used for potential vaccines.
Google revealed a set of wheels supporting one of its data centre racks buckled, precipitating a chain of events that resulted in some CPUs overheating, disrupting Search, Gmail, and other services for some users.
The unusual episode was discovered after a site reliability engineer on the company’s traffic and load balancing was alerted that Google services being supported by its edge network were producing an abnormally high number of errors.