The CIA and Amazon

The CIA has agreed to a cloud computing contract with electronic commerce giant Amazon, worth up to $600 million over 10 years, Federal Computer Week (FCW) is reporting. "Amazon Web Services will help the intelligence agency build a private cloud infrastructure that helps the agency keep up with emerging technologies like big data in a cost-effective manner not possible under the CIA's previous cloud efforts," the story said. CIA Chief Technology Officer Gus Hunt mentioned Amazon during a conference organized by the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association's Washington, D.C., chapter in February. The story said Hunt was quoted by Reuters as saying, "Think Amazon--that model really works," regarding the purchasing of software services on a "metered" basis for which Amazon is well-known. Hunt has also spoken publicly in the past about the potential for leveraging public cloud infrastructure for non-classified information. Read more