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CIA makes awards for intelligence community’s next massive cloud contract


By Ross WilkersNov 20, 2020

The CIA is taking the next step in its own and the intelligence community’s commercial cloud computing journey with the award of its so-called C2E contract that could be worth billions in totality.

Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle will compete for task orders over the next 15 years to roll out new cloud hosting capabilities for the 17 intelligence agencies.

Previously-released procurement documents have roughly spelled out the Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract’s size as “tens of billions” of dollars, though the CIA never disclosed an exact ceiling value.

C2E is the follow-on contract to the predecessor C2S project that Amazon Web Services was awarded in 2013 to begin implementing cloud computing at the CIA and certain other intelligence agencies.

The C2S contract runs to 2023 and AWS remains the only cloud infrastructure company to hold all needed security classifications for hosting data and workloads up to the top secret levels, while Microsoft is one step below but working toward that designation.

But unlike C2S, the CIA this time around opted to bring aboard multiple commercial cloud providers that will vie …

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