Amazon opens private cloud marketplace for intelligence community

Amazon opens private cloud marketplace for intelligence community

Amazon Web Services has opened a cloud marketplace for the U.S. Intelligence Community, making it easier for the 17 intelligence agencies to purchase software infrastructure, developer tools and applications from authorized vendors.

Intelligence agencies can use the marketplace to search, buy and deploy software packages in the private cloud AWS has built for the IC. Available third-party products include software for big data and analytics, cloud transition support, DevOps, geospatial and information assurance and security, according to AWS.

After meeting requirements for selling on the marketplace,  software vendors and authorized resellers can list products at hourly utility computing or annual subscription rates. According to Amazon, all products must work in the AWS Commercial Cloud Services space, steering clear of attempted calls to the public internet or external resources.

Agencies can purchase software using pay-as-you-go pricing, launch products using AWS One-Click deployment and test and evaluate software -- a feature available though the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud console.

The AWS Marketplace also supports bring  your own license so agencies can migrate existing software licenses and applications, according to several new marketplace members. A number of vendors have already announced products in the marketplace, like MemSQL's in-memory database, Lumeta's real-time network visibility and situational awareness services and Zoomdata's big data visual analytics platform.

Amazon originally landed the CIA contract to build a private cloud in 2013. The AWS Marketplace was officially made available on June 20.

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