10 Companies Competing For $10 Billion Government Contract

The U.S. Department of the Interior is focusing on moving its infrastructure to the cloud and has chosen 10 IT companies to compete for a colossal $10 billion cloud computing project with an allocation of $1 billion per contract. The "indefinite deliver, indefinite quantity" (IDIQ) contract will allow vendors to provide a variety of services including cloud storage, secure file transfer, database hosting, Web hosting, development and testing, and virtual machine services over a 10-year period.

The 10 competing vendors selected by the department include Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI, Global Technology Resources Inc., IBM, Lockheed Martin, Smartronix, Unisys and Verizon Terremark.