FCW reported this week that the New York-based computing titan has dropped its challenge to Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA, following a ruling in Amazon’s favor earlier this month. While IBM had previously said that it had planned to appeal the ruling, it now seems that they’ve rolled over.
While the judge’s decision almost assured smooth sailing for Amazon Web Services to become the official cloud platform of one of America’s intelligence services, IBM’s withdrawal now means there doesn’t seem to be anything between Amazon and the CIA.
It’s not all bad for IBM, either, which inked a $1 billion cloud services contract with the Department of the Interior in August.
Blair Hanley Frank is GeekWire’s Bay Area Correspondent. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.