The Register reports that the UK Home Office has renewed a contract worth up to £100m with Amazon Web Services for a public cloud hosting agreement for four years. (The Home Office can spend up to that amount.) It also reveals that AWS reach into the public sector “has been helped by the cloud-first strategy that was put in place by former UK government technology advisor Liam Maxwell, who is now director of government transformation at AWS …” It also pinpoints two other previous government tech leads who have gone to work for AWS. The article also expresses concerns over SMEs with whom it believes the news “will not go down well” as the government professes to give them equal billing in procurement. Read the whole article here, including a statement from a HO spokesperson and from AWS.

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