Amazon Wins Battle For $600 Million CIA Cloud Deal
Amazon could claim victory this week in its bid to secure a $600 million cloud computing contract with the Central Intelligence Agency after IBM dropped a challenge to the deal.
The CIA chose Amazon Web Services over IBM in January for a project to build a version of the AWS public cloud to run within the CIA data center. But the contract became mired in legal actions when IBM appealed the contract, according to published reports in Federal Computer Week.
This week IBM, to its credit, ended its fight when the government said further delays could threaten national security. The contract could be the biggest customer win for AWS.