Wyly Wade

Amazon VS IBM In A Battle For The Cloud

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Every one is looking at the choice of Amazon over IBM as a big win and big validation of the use of the public cloud but the reality is there will be limited government use of the general public cloud. There are several groups within the federal government that are building private clouds that can be utilized throughout the department or leveraged across multiple departments. It is going to be very difficult to convince a government to trust their confidential work product and processes to a private provider. “In every technical criterion Amazon out-scored IBM, one of the most sophisticated and capable IT companies in the world,” said Carlos Kirjner, an analyst at Bernstein Research.

The CIA had “grave” concerns, according to the GAO report, about IBM’s ability to provide “auto-scaling,” a feature that automatically adds or removes computing power in response to applications use.


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