CLOUD COMPUTING

Unisys, Amazon win consumer protection contract

Unisys Corp. and Amazon Web Services have teamed on a five-year, $7 million contract to help the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau deliver information to citizens.

The CFPB was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and is charged with providing information to citizens to help them navigate financial services companies. The agency has the power to write rules and enforce consumer financial protection laws. It also takes consumer complaints and promotes financial education.

Under the contract, Unisys will provide the agency with IT infrastructure services using AWS’s cloud services. The services will help the agency scale up its infrastructure as needed to respond to demands from citizens for information. The contract also will accommodate the growing use of mobile devices and other technologies, Unisys said in a statement.

The agency is a new client for Unisys, and the company said the win builds on work that it has done with other agencies that wanted to use cloud-based technologies.

The company is moving the Interior Department’s Financial and Business Management System to the cloud. Unisys is working with the General Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Energy Department to move messaging and collaboration services from on-premise legacy environments to the cloud.

For CFPB, Unisys will act as the program manager, providing licensing, advisory support and consulting services. The company also will provide billing services, quality control and roadmaps for projects running on AWS products and services, Unisys said in its statement.

Unisys won the contract through a competition via the NASA SEWP IV contract.

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