Teresa Carlson

More than 300 government agencies and 1,500 education institutions are now using Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing platforms, according to AWS Global Public Sector Vice President Teresa Carlson, speaking at a government customer and partner meeting in Washington, DC, Wednesday. AWS also announced several enhanced services for its GovCloud, a government-only cloud computing center.

The new customer milestones reflect not only the growing flexibility of service and pricing options for public sector customers, but also the growing maturity of intermediaries and brokers who are making it easier for government agencies to buy – and for Amazon to sell – an expanding assortment of on-demand computing services. Keep reading →

A group of technology leaders came to the Capitol this week to make the case that the age of “big data” is not only upon us, but also represents a powerful and practical way for federal agencies to create substantially more value for the public – for relatively little incremental investment.

That comes as refreshing news compared to the relentless promises of big savings that accompanied the dawn of cloud computing, which has proven far trickier to implement. The difference is due in large measure to the fact that big data is really more of a phenomenon than a technology. Keep reading →

A leading federal cloud provider has launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) on its GSA IT-70 contract, giving Amazon yet another boost in what is already a rapidly expanding presence in government.

Laurel, M.D.-based Aquilent made the announcement last week on the heels of news that Microsoft Corp. plans to develop a new multi-tenant cloud community for federal agencies. Keep reading →