Amazon built my private cloud

Some good stuff from the latest from the $600m private cloud the CIA got from Amazon, including:

Meanwhile, Wolfe also acknowledged lingering industry criticism of its 2013 decision to award the $600 million cloud computing contract to AWS, essentially putting all the agency’s eggs in one basket. IBM unsuccessfully protested the cloud contract award to AWS. The CIA official defended the contract award this week, saying it provided AWS with nothing more than concrete pads and power to build the CIA cloud datacenters. AWS delivered all other cloud infrastructure and was up and running in less than 18 months, he added.

The scary thing would be if Amazon can build a $100m private cloud…a $10m one…then things get weird for vendors who are trying to achieve asymmetric competition with Amazon by hiding in private cloud land.

Also some fun anecdotes on resistance to change.

Looks like Amazon cloud will help out the CIA afterall

The contentious section asked the parties to price up a fault-tolerant cluster of 1,000s of commodity servers running a MapReduce scatter-gather job on about 100TB of data with a 100 per cent duty cycle.

In other words, the CIA wanted Amazon and IBM to cost out a cloud cluster that would run MapReduce continuously for a year so spies could prod large chunks of data.

Looks like Amazon cloud will help out the CIA afterall