Boeing is tapping Amazon, Microsoft and Google for cloud mega-deal

Boeing Co. hires the three largest U.S. cloud computing companies – Inc, Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc’s Google – to help with a digital makeover aimed at giving its aircraft designers and software developers more tools.

The multi-year agreements are intended to improve the company’s current system of hosting and maintaining software applications through a network of servers, which can be difficult to maintain, the Chicago-based manufacturer told employees Wednesday.

Boeing plans to move hundreds of applications to the cloud, where they will be stored and maintained in tech giants’ data centers.

The production titan is restarting its technology to help address quality declines and production latencies that increase the cost of developing new aircraft. The planmaker is investing in tools such as digital twins – virtual replicas of real hardware – to model both the performance of its new aircraft concepts and the assembly lines they would build.

“These partnerships will strengthen our ability to test a system – like an airplane – hundreds of times with digital twin technology before deployment,” said Susan Doniz, Boeing’s Chief Information Officer, in a post on LinkedIn.

Boeing did not disclose the financial terms of the new scheme. The information was reported last year that Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft’s Azure are competing for a contract worth more than $ 1 billion over several years.

Boeing is the latest major tech customer to split their business among multiple cloud providers, without a centralized approach promoted by Amazon. That company, which leads the cloud market, is urging customers to go “all-in” on AWS. Microsoft and Google, the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S.-based providers, are advocating a “multicloud” approach of the kind that Boeing is taking.

Boeing has already worked with the companies on a limited basis and will prevent existing cloud-supported products from being disrupted by keeping all three on board, a spokeswoman said. While the manufacturer eliminated 600 jobs when it outsourced its information technology infrastructure to Dell Technologies Inc last year, it does not intend to fire workers with the latest packages.

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Boeing is tapping Amazon, Microsoft and Google for cloud mega-deal

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