AWS & the CIA: A $600M Cloud?

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(The Hosting News) – Amazon has a big cloud deal with none other than the CIA. According to a report from FCW.com on Monday, the cloud provider has inked a contract worth as much as $600 million.

The deal lasts one decade. It’s not Amazon’s first government venture, however. The popular provider of Amazon Web Services previously announced GovCloud in 2011 – an offering providing federal agencies with flexible IT infrastructure, web apps, HPC and more.

As is the nature with the CIA, details regarding the contract were scarce when agency officials were asked. “As a general rule, the CIA does not publicly disclose details of our contracts, the identities of our contractors, the contract values, or the scope of work,” commented a CIA representative via FCW.com’s report.

Through its cloud platform, otherwise known as AWS, Amazon provides a range of cloud solutions including those pertaining to deployment, management and apps.

The CIA’s website was hacked earlier this year with Anonymous-affiliates claiming credit through Twitter.

Cloud services have become increasingly integral to U.S. government entities. In November of 2011, President Obama ordered agencies to move paper-based records to the cloud.

AWS & the CIA: A $600M Cloud?

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