The week in cloud: reports of a spy cloud from Amazon and lotsa outages

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Amazon reportedly to build CIA secret cloud

Probably the biggest news of  the week was a Federal Computer Week report that public cloud leader Amazon(s amzn) is building a private cloud for the CIA. Citing unnamed sources, the story put the worth of the contract at about $600 million for 10 years. What was unclear — since no one is speaking officially — is if this completely separate from Amazon’s existing Govcloud, although that appears to be the thinking.

fingerprint secretAs the exec of one cloud competitor put it — this shows that Amazon will, for the right price, get into the private cloud business.

CIA spokespeople would not comment; Amazon did not respond to request for comment. Asked last week at GigaOM’s Structure Data event about the report, CIA CIO Ira “Gus” Hunt said he could not comment now but “maybe someday.”

A bad week for cloud-based services

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