Does Amazon Have Too Much Power?

Jeff Bezos
Well, he does kinda look like Dr. Evil... a thinner Dr. Evil.

Amazon has made founder Jeff Besos the richest man in the world and now he could becoming the most powerful man in the world.

Amazon doesn’t just sell books; it has become the largest provider of cloud storage for the Pentagon. Currently the Department of Defenses classified and unclassified data is spread out and stored on hundreds of different systems and servers around the country.

A new $10 billion dollar deal with Amazon will allow all of the Defense Department’s data to be moved from hundred of different systems to all be placed on the Amazon cloud.

Amazon will be holding all of the DODs sensitive data. Is it wise to put all our data eggs in one basket?

Are we giving Amazon too much power?

Amazon does provide high quality cloud options and some of the best in the world. The problem rests in giving Amazon access to too much information and are they becoming too powerful?

The new $10 billion dollar deal comes with some close ties to the Pentagon and some worry how that will look.

We are concerned about the implications of the appearance of conflicts of interest and impropriety related to how Pentagon personnel with close ties to Amazon may have influenced multi-billion-dollar cloud contracts.” – A high ranking congressional staffer that spoke on the condition of anonymity to Vanity Fair.

Putting all of our data in one basket doesn’t seem very wise, and some are more worried about the optics of the deal than the actual deal itself. Are we putting ourselves in danger by giving a private company the ability to store all of the Department of Defenses data? Only time will tell.

Do you think Amazon is becoming too powerful?