CIA Win or Not, Amazon Has New Street Cred in The Federal IT Space

By Shawn P. McCarthy – August 30, 2013
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This year, it has been fascinating to watch the jockeying between two tech titans, Amazon and IBM, as each seeks to become a main service provider as the Central Intelligence Agency moves some of its IT operations to the cloud.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the early winner in that race, when it was awarded the initial contract. But an appeal by IBM stalled the effort.

But one thing is for certain. Even if Amazon ultimately loses this contract, the very fact that the company was an early winner greatly boosts its standing in the realm of government IT contractors. When one of the most security-conscious of all federal agencies declares that Amazon is capable of delivering the sort of large-scale secure computing environment that an intelligence agency needs, it gives the company some instant inside-the-beltway street cred.


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Shawn P. McCarthy

Research DirectorIDC Government Insights

<p>Analyst and research director at IDC since 2004.</p>

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