Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) received the Ukraine Peace Prize for their efforts to keep the country's digital infrastructure online during the Russian invasion.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, said (opens in a new tab) in a tweet that "Microsoft stands for truth and peace" and is on the "side of digital light."

Fedorov also didn't mince words about AWS's contribution to the war effort, saying the company "literally saved our digital infrastructure: state records and critical databases migrated to the AWS cloud environment."

Why the praise?

Microsoft says it recently helped shut down seven domains used by Russian cybercriminals in recent attacks against Ukrainian targets.

Several other companies have also jumped to Ukraine's rescue, including Vodafone, which donated 3.000 smartphones and SIM cards as well as 1.000 portable chargers to the Refugee Crisis charity, and called on consumers and businesses to donate their broken technology to those affected. for the crisis. conflict.

Apple, Ericsson and Nokia have announced their intention to reduce their activity in Russia, while Cisco and Google have confirmed their intention to leave the region permanently.

AWS certainly has the wherewithal to support the humanitarian business, as the cloud storage giant recently reported 36,5% year-over-year revenue growth in its first quarter of 2022, beating expectations from analysts who posted an operating profit. of 6520 billion dollars.

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