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Fed limbers up check-writing hand for cloud
According to slightly bewildered reports in the mainstream news, the General Services Administration (GSA) has gone live on cloud computing. It is actively seeking contractors who are using "a pool of Internet-based resources, such as networks, servers and applications, rather than invest in computing infrastructure."
The GSA's request for quotes (RFQ) on vendors able to provide cloud services isn't entirely clear, but in the example given, contractor Apptis uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its products. Of course, after any RFQ, bidders will need to complete a statement of work (SOW) and undergo scrutiny by the National Customer Service Center (NCSC), because as we all know, cloud computing is service-oriented.
So if you use AWS and your RFQ can muster a SOW that passes the NCSC, you could land the GSA. Good luck.
Stamps go cloud
Professional postage machine maker Pitney Bowes will use Terremark's Enterprise Cloud for its new MapInfo Stratus product and probably a few other things. Enterprise Cloud, which is different from regular cloud computing in that the bill starts at around a few grand a month and you can't sign up and do it yourself, has Pitney Bowes' business because it offers ironclad service-level agreements and a high level of support
Pitney Bowes has been making stamp machines for at least 108 years and employs about 30,000 people worldwide, and I'm sure they'll all be relieved to know the firm is now in the cloud.