Last year, Amazon.com obtained security clearance by the U.S. government that will enable federal agencies to use its cloud computing services. The development came days after Amazon Web Services, known as AWS, was certified to operate as a cloud service provider for three years under the government's new FedRAMP program.
"This will cut the cost and time for agencies to deploy our systems," said Teresa Carlson, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS. "It cuts costs for AWS too."
With the accelerating use of cloud computing worldwide, Amazon is looking to provide to organizations with candidates and consultants with demonstrated knowledge of AWS best practices.
In April, the company announced that “the new AWS Certification Program helps to fill [a] need to recognize IT professionals that possess the skills and technical knowledge necessary for building and maintaining applications and services on the AWS Cloud”.
Echopass, a company that provides cloud-based contact center solutions, highlights an organization's ability to cut costs and streamline their IT infrastructure as two key benefits for moving to cloud services.
In 2012, the U.S. government launched FedRAMP to standardize and streamline security assessments of cloud services. "Under FedRAMP, AWS will be able to get approved for a government agency once and then its services can be used many times on multiple projects by that agency," according to Reuters.
AWS now has a three-year clearance through the Department of Health and Human Services. The giant internet retailer is expected to soon provide cloud-based solutions to agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
What's next for Amazon?
It seems CEO Jeff Bezos's strategy of doing things for the long-term is paying off. Most blue chip companies are too busy worrying about Wall Street's quarterly expectations. Amazon shows that businesses need to be profitable over the long-term.