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Amazon Gets into the Cloud with Federal Agency

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Amazon Gets into the Cloud with Federal Agency - top government contractors - best government contracting eventOnline retailer Amazon is getting into the federal space by announcing it will host the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board’s money-tracking website Recovery.gov, a move that marks the first government wide shift to cloud computing.

With more organizations moving their data into the cloud, concerns are being raised about security issues. However, Adam Selipsky, vice president of Amazon Web Services, who addressed federal manager’s worries about IT security in the cloud in an interview with Nextgov emphasized that loss or misplacement of data will not happen.

As Amazon offers organizations a choice of data centers located worldwide, including Ireland, Singapore and Northern Virginia, Selipsky said his company can guarantee that information will not leave that region unless someone choose to move it.

“The word control is a good word. . . . I think there is often an initial fear of loss of control, but I think what most of them, such as Recovery.gov, Wall Street firms, large pharmaceutical firms, come to realize pretty quickly is that they are not relinquishing control of things that are really important to them,” he said. “The data is going to be where you put it.”

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