Can cloud computing pioneer Amazon Web Services be a major player in the push to move the federal government's infrastructure into the cloud? Or will newer cloud offerings from system integrators and managed hosting companies be the major beneficiaries of the Obama administration's efforts to migrate government apps into the cloud?
Amazon is making a major pitch for federal business, as revealed today by Kevin Jackson at Cloud Musings, who describes training sessions in which Amazon Web Services (AWS) Federal is training IT services companies to leverage its cloud as the platform for outsourced government clouds. AWS Federal appears to be building its government pitch around contractors who already have relationships with federal customers, but may not possess the infrastructure to provide scalability for large cloud applications. Jackson writes that the training was "invite-only and attendance was IT services firms that had demonstrated a clear track record of success in the Federal market."
Amazon's interest in the federal market was first noted back in January by TechFlash, which spotted a job posting for a business development manager for "Amazon Government Solutions."