Federal technology blog FCW is reporting that Amazon has agreed to a deal with the CIA that would see the e-commerce company help build the government intelligence agency’s internal cloud infrastructure over the next few years. FCW’s sources claim that the deal is worth up to $600 million over the next 10 years.
Amazon Web Services, currently one of the largest shared cloud computing platforms, would reportedly help make up the CIA’s new private cloud infrastructure. Sources tell FCW that this would allow the CIA to “keep up with emerging technologies like big data” in a more cost-friendly way.
Presently, the CIA is said to be using smaller isolated clouds for its data – making this a potentially dramatic shift to an infrastructure that takes its cues from more commercial cloud efforts.
Both Amazon and the CIA have declined to comment on the report, so for now this will have to remain in the rumor mill. Given that Amazon refuses to even disclose how many Kindles it has sold, and given that the CIA is the CIA, it’s likely that it’ll stay there for the foreseeable future. More details can be found at the source link below.