Friday, June 14, 2013

U.S. GAO Confirms Amazon Web Services for CIA Cloud Contract

The U.S. Government Accountability Office confirmed the selection of Amazon Web Services as prime contractor for cloud computing services on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  The award was confirmed over the protests of IBM.

The contract calls for a 270-day period to achieve initial operating capability, a 4-year base ordering period, a 3-year option, and a 2-year option, with a maximum value of $600 million over the base period. The contractor is to provide its existing public cloud (modified where necessary) to be installed on government premises and operated by the provider. Performance is to include both: (1) infrastructure as a service, in which the provider (contractor) is responsible for networking, storage, servers and virtualization, and the consumers (government agencies) are responsible for the operating system, middleware, runtime, data, and applications, System Requirements Document; (2)and platform as a service, which encompasses the same components as infrastructure as a service, but only applications and data are the responsibility of the consumer.

Although IBM's bid was lower, the agency expressed doubt about the auto-scaling capability of IBM's public cloud and selected AWS instead.

Savvis Acquires AppFog for Enabling Apps in the Cloud

Savvis, the data center and IT infrastructure division of CenturyLink, has acquired AppFog, a Platform-as-a-Service provider that is hosting more than 150,000 applications.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

AppFog, which is based in Portland, Oregon, offers an app-to-cloud enablement platform that supports multiple programming languages (Java, .NET, Node, Ruby, Python, PHP, etc) and ensures interoperability between public and private cloud environments. The acquisition adds AppFog's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities to the Savvis Cloud product catalog.

"AppFog leads the way in Platform-as-a-Service capabilities and continues to see strong adoption in the developer community," said Jeff Von Deylen, president of CenturyLink's Savvis organization. "Combining AppFog's market-leading Platform-as-a-Service capabilities with Savvis' industry-leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud services and CenturyLink's global network will enable developers to securely and reliably operate and connect the applications they build and deploy."

AT&T Opens LTE Network to Prepaid GoPhone BYOD Smartphones

AT&T will begin offering prepaid wireless plan access to its 4G LTE network.

Beginning June 21st, new and existing AT&T GoPhone customers can bring their own 4G or 4G LTE smartphone or choose a GoPhone device.  Plan options include:

  • $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging — now double the data at a lower monthly price. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB.
  • $40 a month for 200 MB of data, 500 minutes of nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging. Additional data is available for $5 per 100 MB.
  • $25 a month for 250 minutes of nationwide calling and unlimited messaging, with an optional data package of 50 MB for an additional $5 a month.
  • $50 unlimited talk and text plan with Wi-Fi data only.

AT&T is also adding 4G LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Express to its lineup of GoPhone devices.