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FCW : August 30, 2013
August 30, 2013 FCW.COM 9 could be raised by auctioning agencies' 1755- 1780 and 2155-2180 MHz bands, though of cials say the change could cost DOD $3.5 billion $12 billion Join James McClellan, CTO of NASA s Johnson Space Center as he discusses their uni ed communications strategy. You will learn: of uni ed communications integration for tele-meetings Unified Communications: Delivering on the Promise FREE WEBCAST www.FCW.com/Uni edComm 2ND INSTALLMENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY FCW AUGUST 27 @ 2PM The battle between technology titans IBM and Amazon Web Services to win a cloud computing contract with the CIA worth as much as $600 million has begun to resemble a chess match, with each side answering the other s moves with legal lings and carefully crafted public statements. AWS won the contract to build a massive private cloud infrastructure for the intelligence community in Janu- ary. IBM led a bid protest in February, which the Government Accountability Of ce upheld in June with a variety of recommendations to the CIA. On July 24, AWS challenged the necessity and scope of the corrective actions the CIA took in response to GAO s recommendations and filed a complaint against the federal gov- ernment in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in hopes of expediting a reso- lution. AWS has asked the court for a formal response by Sept. 23. But IBM didn t sit idly by. It immedi- ately moved to achieve legal status as an intervener, and the court granted its request on July 25. In legalese, an inter- vener is a nonparty that joins ongoing litigation because the judgment affects the rights of that nonparty. As an inter- vener, IBM also has the right to answer any claims made by AWS. IBM s move was no surprise --- AWS was an intervener in IBM s bid protest to GAO --- but it highlights the impor- tance of this cloud deal. The CIA declined to comment on the speci cs of how it is carrying out GAO s recommendations. AWS also declined to comment, but a spokes- woman said after its court ling that "the CIA got it right the rst time" when it chose AWS. IBM, meanwhile, told FCW in a statement that "IBM has been deliv- ering trusted and secure cloud services to business and government clients for many years, and working with virtu- alization technologies for more than 40 years.... Now more than ever, the United States government needs the safety and security of IBM s decades of experience in managing sensitive data." Securing the CIA as a customer would be a major coup for Amazon, the largest public cloud provider in the world. For IBM, which bought cloud computing provider SoftLayer Technologies in June, building a rst- of-its-kind cloud for the CIA using its new capabilities would help solidify its position as a major player in the federal space. --- Frank Konkel IBM intervenes in Amazon cloud case
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