Cloud Intelligence: CIA Turns to Amazon

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has entered into a contract with Amazon, reportedly worth up to $600 million over 10 years. According to FCW:
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.

While the CIA has been using small and highly specific private clouds for some time, its move to a public cloud computing environment is a huge statement of trust, and should allay the concerns of enterprises—particularly government and other highly regulated organizations—with regard to the security of classified data.

The move to the cloud can also be seen as an intelligent response to slashed budgets.
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