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Monday, October 21, 2019

The Pentagon's controversial $10bn JEDI cloud computing deal is one of the most lucrative defense contracts ever. Amazon's in pole position to win - and its move into the military has been a long time coming.

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Per the MIT Technology Review link ...

If observers and critics are right, the Pentagon JEDI contract is just a stepping--stone for Amazon to eventually take over the entire government cloud, serving as the data storage hub for everything from criminal records to tax audits.

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#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-21 08:34 AM | Reply

Per the MIT Technology Review link ...

And perhaps the ultimate goal is not just more government contracts, but influence over regulations that could affect Amazon.

QFT

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-21 08:36 AM | Reply

Per the MIT Technology Review link ...

Today, some of its biggest threats aren't competitors, but lawmakers and politicians arguing for antitrust moves against tech giants.

(Or, perhaps, a president arguing it should pay more taxes.)


Bernie ~

Go Bernie!

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-21 08:37 AM | Reply

As Jimmy Dore astutely points out, 51% of all Americans have Amazon Prime -- and to put that in it's proper context, only 48% have land lines in their house.

Welcome to Orwell's 1984.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-21 08:43 AM | Reply

"The cloud" as we know it is already run by one or two industry giants. I don't see how having Amazon run the DODs is any different than Microsoft or Apple.

#5 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-21 08:49 AM | Reply

#1,

While Amazon is huge, Azure is gaining ground. I have two AWS certifications now with plans to get three more. In the world of IT, cloud is the future. It takes a real in-dept understanding of how cloud works to secure it. Access is key.

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-21 08:59 AM | Reply

Wasn't there shady business over Amazon getting looked at as point on the project? People getting fired and stuff

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-10-21 09:45 AM | Reply

Jimmy Dore: Amazon Becoming Largest Military Contractor in U.S
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#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-10-21 01:37 PM | Reply

Jimmy Dore and his entourage is figuring out Jeff Bezos is concerned about Jeff Bezos first before anything else.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2019-10-21 01:53 PM | Reply

"If observers and critics are right, the Pentagon JEDI contract is just a stepping--stone for Amazon to eventually take over the entire government cloud, serving as the data storage hub for everything from criminal records to tax audits."

Saving the taxpayers money.
Right-wingers ought to love that...
But they don't, because they don't like the Amazon CEO.

Now that's funny!
They need to get in here and tell us how the CEO is different from the corporation, just like it is over at Chick-fil-A.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-21 02:04 PM | Reply

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I suspect that the Pentagon may soon get a directive from the White House, ordering them to look for a different supplier of 'Cloud' services. After all, the Trump administration can't be seen putting money into the pocket of Jeff Bezos. Who knows, he might use it to try and prop-up the 'failing' Washington Post.

OCU

#11 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-10-21 02:07 PM | Reply

We oughta get better war movies on Prime then.

#12 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-10-21 02:13 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by boaz

It not only takes in-depth understanding it takes trust that the shared platform you are on is not full of holes.

I am not going to debate cloud is not the future - it is a perfect fit for some things today but not all things. Legacy software is best on site or in private clouds spaces. The expense is ungodly as well - again depending on what you are rolling to the cloud. Then there is private cloud (essentially co-locating) vs public cloud. I don't think it takes a more in depth (or at least not significantly so) understanding than truly securing an networks though. A LOT of it is common sense and had to be built out the way it is to support banking and the like. It certainly makes things complex in a hurry - managing the minutia gets old but you have to in order to have the a secure network.

I have an Amazon cert - I have considered getting more but I frankly don't have interest in working in the Amazon cloud though. Azure is garbage in comparison but yes it certainly is growing. Google, IBM, Rackspace and Oracle are all growing as well.

Side note - frankly I hate the term "cloud" but that's another story. I hate it more than "synergy" at this point.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-21 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#10 | Posted by snoofy

I will bet big money that it's not going to save taxpayers money. If my experiences in IT have taught me nothing else, outsourcing virtually always costs you more in the end. If it doesn't it comes down to what are you willing to lose in order to save money.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-21 02:54 PM | Reply

BTW - I have the utmost respect for Federal Government IT Architects - they do an amazing job especially given the political environment they are forced to work in.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-21 02:55 PM | Reply

"I will bet big money that it's not going to save taxpayers money."

I would like to take that bet...
Taxpayers, cover my bet!
Signed,
Government

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-21 02:55 PM | Reply

#15 total agreement. Trying to think of a noteworthy IT problem outside of the Obamacare rollout; can't think of one.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-21 02:57 PM | Reply

"I will bet big money that it's not going to save taxpayers money."

Depends. It certainly saves on the cost of Data Centers (Electricity, physical security, environmental). Hell, I just spun up a VPC, complete with IGW's, NAT gateway, Bastion hosts and an entire public and private subnet. Did some testing and shut it all down in 20 seconds.

Cant do that with an on premise data center.

#18 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-21 03:35 PM | Reply

Personally I think the government should build its own cloud, for very obvious sovereignty type reasons.
The DOD in particular has suffered from a Starve The Beast mentality where more and more is outsourced.
Meals in the military should not come from Pizza Hut.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-21 03:38 PM | Reply

Personally I think the government should build its own cloud

They dont have the expertise nor could they pay them.

#20 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-21 03:48 PM | Reply

10 billion?

That's like 2 weeks revenue for amazon.

#13

Synergy and all forms will always and forever be my most hated word. Comes from working for a company where no one knew what it meant but it had to be used 12 times per meeting.

#21 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-10-21 03:56 PM | Reply

Did some testing and shut it all down in 20 seconds.

Ansible scripts? Or did it all come turnkey-ready to play with?

#22 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-10-21 07:26 PM | Reply

They dont have the expertise nor could they pay them.

#20 | POSTED BY BOAZ

They could have that expertise if the politicians would allow paying for them. I would sooner trust sworn government employees than contractors.

#23 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-10-21 10:40 PM | Reply

Ansible scripts? Or did it all come turnkey-ready to play with?

#22 | Posted by GOnoles92

We use Terraform to do the environment, EC2 instances, routers, NAT gateways, etc, and we are looking at Ansible for the configuration and hardening of the virtuals.

#24 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-22 08:29 AM | Reply

I always thought Star Wars was arguing for a liberal world. The armed forces should not use Star Wars lingo.

#25 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-10-23 08:37 AM | Reply

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