If the CIA cloud being built by Amazon(s amzn) Web Services is not a private cloud, I’m not sure what would be. In theory, it will be used by single, albeit large, customer so there is no shared infrastructure and no “noisy neighbor” problem, but it would provide the elasticity to spin up/shut down workloads for that single customer. Sounds pretty private to me.
But not so fast. AWS execs parsed their words carefully when asked this question this week at the Amazon re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.
Asked if this single-user cloud, which AWS will build under a $600 million contract, is a private-cloud departure for the public cloud giant, Andy Jassy, AWS senior vice president, said: “Not really. I would say no.”
AWS might in the future work with a small number of companies that for regulatory or other reasons cannot move some workloads to a public…
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