So when Amazon Web Services, or AWS, won the
Both winning the contract and sparking IBM's ire are coming-of-age moments for AWS. The division, which
AWS generates roughly
And it's emerged as the leader in providing Web-based infrastructure technology to customers, a business that's come to be known as cloud computing. According to a new report from research firm
But handling so-called mission-critical operations and ultra-secure data isn't where AWS initially made hay. Some competitors and even some corporate tech buyers still dismiss AWS as technology provided by an online bookseller, suggesting it's not capable of handling the demands essential to running government agencies and companies in the business of managing sensitive data.
So while there are examples of AWS running mission-critical operations, a contract from the
If the nation's top spy agency is willing to rely on AWS to secure its network, surely other customers can rely on its technology as well.
"It's a lighthouse win," said
IBM's challenge is certainly about angling for the lucrative government contract. But it's also about slowing AWS's march into the complex computing that once was the domain of a handful of companies, including IBM, that sold, rather than rented, the hardware and software that demanding customers needed.
IBM went out of its way to cite its track record as it reacted to
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