11/13/2013

The federal government awarded cloud-services contracts worth a total of $17 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, compared with $4 billion in the previous fiscal year, according to Deltek, a market research firm. That kind of "explosive" growth, as Deltek put it, is leading Amazon Web Services and IBM to aggressively compete for such business, Patrick Thibodeau writes. The two companies recently clashed over a cloud-computing contract with the Central Intelligence Agency.

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