General Services Administration

Partner w/Private Industry To Lower Online Govt. Retail Costs

Billions are spent each year by federal government agencies on IT infrastructure to run their online (and outdated) legacy retail efforts. Now, in today's tough economic times, efforts to update these systems may never happen due to high costs. As an alternative, utilizing private systems. For ex., Amazon.com Inc's cloud computing unit might provide one logical alternative. Amazon Web Services started small in 2006 by selling extra computing power and data storage to emerging technology companies, blogs and websites. Now the unit, known as AWS, counts NASA, the Department of State, Siemens, Pfizer and Nasdaq as customers.This service was used by 3,674 of the top 500,000 websites up through Jan-2011.

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