Treasury.gov moves to Amazon cloud

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on January 11 2011 2:03 PM

Smartronix announced the launch of the new Treasury.gov web site and the migration of four other agency sites to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, marking the first time a cabinet level agency has moved its Web sites to AWS.

Treasury's decision to move its flagship site to a public cloud infrastructure reflects the Administration's commitment to closing the IT gap between the public and private sectors by leveraging the power of technology, said Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer.

AWS provides a highly scalable computing infrastructure that enables organizations around the world to requisition compute power, storage, and other on-demand services in the cloud.

The new site supports the communications, publishing requirements, and strategic initiatives of the Department of the Treasury and provides increased access to Treasury resources and assets.

The Treasury.gov re-design contract was awarded to Smartronix in June of 2010.

The new Treasury.gov is developed on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform, running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and accelerated by the Akamai Content Delivery Network.

Our work with the Smartronix team enables Treasury.gov to expand its cloud computing footprint and meet federal communication and publishing mandates by migrating additional Treasury websites to the AWS cloud, said Teresa Carlson, Vice President Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services.

The new Treasury.gov website is a major step forward in our efforts to improve the way citizens access the wealth of data and information Treasury produces on a day-to-day basis, said Dan Tangherlini, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Management, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Performance Officer.

Since early 2006, AWS has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure web services platform in the cloud. Using Amazon Web Services, an e-commerce web site can weather unforeseen demand with ease; a pharmaceutical company can “rent” computing power to execute large-scale simulations; a media company can serve unlimited videos, music, and more; and an enterprise can deploy bandwidth-consuming services and training to its mobile workforce.

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