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Amazon Web Services sharpens focus on public sector

Kenneth Corbin | June 27, 2014
Hardly content to rest on its laurels, Amazon is adding clients in the government, education and nonprofit sectors, vying for public-sector contracts and looking to build its apps marketplace into a research and development hub.

But the cloud is only one of several capital-letter priorities that sit on the government's IT agenda. Among other things, agencies have been tasked with pushing more of their data onto the open Web in a machine-readable format in the hope of spurring new research and application development.

Amazon wants to play there, too. Carlson envisions the AWS marketplace as a catalog for big research data sets, particularly in the new vertical, allowing scientists and developers to build on each other's work.

"We can put all those open data sets up there. We're beginning to be the place to go to crowdsource data sets and take advantage of that for research, for education, for whatever you're doing," she says. "You're going to continue to see this grow ... and we're going to continue to add more categories that make sense for our customers in the worldwide public sector space."


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