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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud 79

Posted by Soulskill
from the us-government-disappointed dept.
judgecorp writes "Amazon and Google both applied for a role in the U.K. government's 'G-Cloud' for public services, but were rejected, a FOI request has revealed. It is most likely this was because of concerns about where data was hosted and backed up. Amazon Web Services has a dedicated cloud service for the government in the U.S., but has not been able to duplicate that in Britain."
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Amazon and Google Barred From UK Government Cloud

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  • Re:Imagine that... (Score:5, Informative)

    by isaac (2852) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @01:25AM (#42114061)

    And um, regarding comments on off-shoring data/services, Amazon certainly does have cloud services that run on hosts in the UK... Dublin mostly. (There may be open questions about the parent company being US-based, but those wouldn't have to do with the geographic location of the services and data, which surely would be hosted from the Dublin data centers.)

    I feel compelled to point out that Dublin, Republic of Ireland (where Amazon does indeed have datacenters) is most definitely not in the UK.

  • Patriot act? (Score:4, Informative)

    by plankrwf (929870) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @02:52AM (#42114393)

    Actually read the article (I know, against /. policy ;-0), read most of the comments, and nowhere read anything about it possible being related to the patriot act. I happen to know that the patriot act is (one of) the reason(s) the Dutch government will not enter into an agreement with American hosting providers, surely the British have similar reservations?
    (And yes, the article is scarce on facts, so cannot check whether all American companies are excluded, but heck: so could none of the other people posting a reply).

    So:
    MY guess is that the patriot act played a mayor role in letting this business opportunity slip trough the fingers of american companies...

  • Re:Imagine that... (Score:4, Informative)

    by deniable (76198) on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @03:53AM (#42114697)
    16th century give or take.

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