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Report: CIA Eyes Commercial Cloud Enterprise Contract Award by 2021

Report: CIA Eyes Commercial Cloud Enterprise Contract Award by 2021 - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: CIA Eyes Commercial Cloud Enterprise Contract Award by 2021 - top government contractors - best government contracting event

The CIA hosted on March 22 an industry day as it plans to award by 2021 a cloud contract worth “tens of billions“ of dollars to multiple service providers in support of its national security mission, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The Commercial Cloud Enterprise program seeks a cloud platform that could handle both classified and unclassified data, integrate data sources in space and on the ground as well as back connections at “tactical edge locations“ to support the agency's intelligence-collection activities, according to documents assessed by the Post.

“The CIA's approach to C2E clearly recognizes the value of multi-cloud while encouraging competition, supporting legacy applications and ensuring the agency's access to future innovation,“ said Sam Gordy, general manager of IBM's federal business.

The report said the C2E program builds on a potential $600 cloud contract that Amazon Web Services received in 2013.

Potential competitors for the C2E initiative include Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Google, the report added.

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