Amazon’s Private Cloud for the CIA: It’s About the Public Cloud

Squeezing information out of the intelligence community is haphazard at best, but “reliable” sources are saying that the CIA has enlisted to build a Private Cloud for them. It’s too bad that nobody is speaking on the record about this deal, because it raises some interesting questions.

With Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the undisputed Public IaaS leader, Amazon has clearly gone all in with their bet on Public Cloud. As AWS pushes into the enterprise market, they continue to add capabilities to their Public Cloud offering to meet the stringent security and governance needs of most enterprises, including the US federal government. After all, that’s what Amazon’s GovCloud Community Cloud is all about.

The CIA’s stringent security requirements, however, preclude it from joining GovCloud, but they want all the benefits of the Public Cloud environment. The most obvious question is whether this deal is an indication that Amazon has doubts about the Public Cloud model, and is opportunistically chasing Private Cloud dollars. But that’s not how I read this situation. In reality, this deal is all about the Public Cloud. Who better to purchase a “Public-like” Cloud from than Amazon? In other words, to understand this deal it’s essential to look at it from the perspective of the customer rather than the service provider.

From Amazon’s perspective, the purported $600 million is a hefty chunk of change to be sure, but my guess is that even all those zeroes wouldn’t be enough for Amazon if the project detracted from their Public Cloud model. Instead, Amazon is able to give an important customer the best of both worlds: all the capabilities of AWS on the CIA’s private network. Such a move validates Amazon’s Public Cloud model, rather than detracting from it.

Share the Post:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin


The Latest

chrome os developer mode

How to Turn on Chrome OS Developer Mode

Google’s Chrome OS is a popular operating system that is widely used on Chromebooks and other devices. While it is designed to be simple and user-friendly, there are times when users may want to access additional features and functionality. One way to do this is by turning on Chrome OS

homes in the real estate industry

Exploring the Latest Tech Trends Impacting the Real Estate Industry

The real estate industry is changing thanks to the newest technological advancements. These new developments — from blockchain and AI to virtual reality and 3D printing — are poised to change how we buy and sell homes. Real estate brokers, buyers, sellers, wholesale real estate professionals, fix and flippers, and beyond may

man on floor with data

DevX Quick Guide to Data Ingestion

One of the biggest trends of the 21st century is the massive surge in internet usage. With major innovations such as smart technology, social media, and online shopping sites, the internet has become an essential part of everyday life for a large portion of the population. Due to this internet