back to article Looks like NSA now stands for Not Selecting Azure: US spy agency picks AWS over Microsoft

In a classic role reversal, Microsoft is protesting the award of a lucrative contract by the US National Security Agency to AWS. As reported by NextGov, AWS could be on the receiving end of up to $10bn under the NSA contract, which comes just a month after the Pentagon killed off the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure ( …

  1. Peter-Waterman1

    JEDI deal, re-cut, without Trump in the picture throwing his toys out the Pram?

  2. chivo243 Silver badge

    Just put it in the cloud

    It will be found.... Recipe for disaster? Probably. Why would the gubbermint put their dirty laundry on the 'line' for everybody to have a hack at? Or is this just an expensive "Honeypot" Seems really fscking weird that most heavily funded org on the planet is looking for a commercial solution? Or am I missing one of the 7 layers in the burrito?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Just put it in the cloud

      "It will be found...."

      "Why would the gubbermint put their dirty laundry on the 'line' for everybody to have a hack at?"

      Part of this deal will be MAAS/HAAS, additionally AWS's secret regions are not connected to the internet.

      The OSI model isn't the issue, you're missing the entire setup of how AWS works with classified information.

  3. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Privatisation ?

    Surely a true capitalist country would privatise all these 3 latter agencies?

    Amazon buys the NSA, Microsoft could buy the CIA and Oracle own the DoD

    1. Cybersaber

      Re: Privatisation ?

      "Amazon buys the NSA..."

      Same Day Rooting

      "...Microsoft could buy the CIA..."

      AzureAgent pro, plus, premium, and E1/3/5. licenses to kill are only included in E5

      "and Oracle own the DoD"

      Tanks will be partitioned into left and right halves, licensed separately. Forces can be deployed in batches to their target via a one-time licensing operation by calling Oracle Tech Support. All future air force jets must be biplanes and carry the Oracle streamer.

      1. Peter-Waterman1

        Re: Privatisation ?

        Ha !

        "...Microsoft could buy the CIA..."

        You only get issued your weapon for use in Redmond, you can take your weapon elsewhere, but licencing prevents you from using bullets.

        "and Oracle own the DoD"

        Your tank engine comes with a standard 1500 horsepower, at a price of $100,000. However, if you don't buy the tank from us, then we classify that engine as 3000 HP, and a price of $200,000 and then audit you to make sure your not hiding anything.

        1. stiine Silver badge

          Re: Privatisation ?

          You can buy bullets, but they're only usable in Redmond....Catch-22.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Privatisation ?

        IBM could buy the EDA, The Economic Development Administration (EDA), which duplicates the activities of at least 62 other community development programs. The EDA will spend $350 million this year to spur local economic growth. Yet a recent GAO study found the EDA had no impact at all, just like IBM

      3. hoola Silver badge

        Re: Privatisation ?


        And you will need to have a licence for each round fired.

        There will be a cap on the number of rounds that can be fired.

        The same for fuel and miles driven.

        Extra charges for operating a communications device.

        Then mandatory servicing and training.

        The list could go on....

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Well, that confirms it, there is a level of management at the NSA responsible for these sort of purchases that have zero technical skills. Surely at the NSA they understand the dangers of keeping your data on somebody else's servers. Encrypted or not. Control of your own infrastructure when you have the people that know what they are doing is usually much quicker to resolve issues. I guess they don't have the right people anymore.. a slippery slope to go down.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Crazy

      The government running these services themselves would be communism - the government doing anything is communism

    2. hoola Silver badge

      Re: Crazy

      Part of the problem is the new world order of manglement that believe The Cloud and Cloud Services are the answer to everything.

      This is all about managing SLAs. With someone else providing the services you don't actually have to have any responsibility to fix things. You just send a message or two, pout your feet up on the desk and wait for the provider to sort the problem out.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Buying services?

    Bullshit. I think they're just paying off Amazon for the copy of all of the instances and storage buckets that they downloaded last year.

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