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CIA’s New Big Data Hub Will be Hosted in the Cloud



The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community.


CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects “to extend the innovation and push the envelope on a whole range of different solutions” for all 17 IC agencies.

The enterprise data hub, also known as a “data lake,” would presumably provide standardized data sets compiled by intelligence analysts across various agencies to decision-makers among many other features found in the company’s widely used open source big data platform.

This hub, however, will be hosted on Amazon Web Services’ C2S cloud built for the IC, inaccessible to the public.

Cloudera’s data hub is one of many uses the CIA has been tasked with since it launched the cloud last summer, including a software marketplace that could revolutionize how IC agencies procure software.


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