Despite Microsoft protests, Amazon wins $10 billion NSA cloud contract again

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Nearly a year after winning a $10 billion cloud computing contract with the NSA, Amazon should finally be allowed to provide the service that is no longer so secret to the security agency.

Last year, the NSA decided to embrace cloud computing and move from local storage of its intelligence data to the cloud. To do this, he needed a capable partner and created a secret cloud computing contract worth $10 billion. Amazon Web Services won the contract in July 2021, but Microsoft later filed a protest, which prevented it from being a secret contract and put the deal in limbo.

As Nextgov reports, the Government Accountability Office recommended that the NSA reconsider the proposals submitted by the two companies for the contract, which the NSA subsequently did. The end result is the same, with Amazon again selected to provide the cloud service.

Amazon is obviously pleased with the decision, with an AWS spokesperson saying, “We are honored that after careful consideration, the NSA has selected AWS as the cloud provider for the hybrid compute initiative, and we are ready to help provide this critical national security. aptitude.”

The contract, known as “WildandStormy,” is the NSA’s latest step in a hybrid computing initiative. The modernization project began by collecting data stored in multiple locations around the world in an “internally managed data lake”. Now that the data is all in one place and the contract is finalized, it will be transferred to the AWS servers.

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Given that the NSA has at least a decade worth of data to move, we might see a few shipping containers headed to the agency. You may remember that in 2016, Amazon revealed AWS Snowmobile, which stored 100 petabytes of data in a shipping container ready to be transported on the back of a truck to an AWS data center. Will this be the chosen method for NSA data transfers?

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