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How to Buy Cloud During Federal Fiscal Year-End

Many people are under the impression that cloud computing, which is marked by pay-as-you-go pricing, is impossible to buy with year-end funds. However, AWS has solutions to help you obligate year-end funds to secure a cloud future.

The end of the federal government fiscal year is fast approaching. With budget left to spend before September 30, the clock is ticking for agencies to obligate their remaining FY2018 funds.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) can provide federal agencies with options to procure future cloud computing resources using current-year funds – from purchasing future Reserved Instances (RI) to professional services engagement to training credits for your staff.

Before the deadline approaches, review the list below of implementation and purchasing recommendations to meet your agency’s needs:

  • Reserved Instances (RIs) are prepaid commitments for AWS Cloud computing instances (i.e., Amazon EC2). They provide you with the option to invest upfront to receive a greater discount. With one-year or three-year contracts and several pre-purchasing options, RIs provide up to a 75% discount, compared to on-demand instance pricing. RIs can provide a capacity reservation, offering added confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you need.
  • AWS Professional Services is a team of experts that can help you realize your desired business outcomes when using the AWS Cloud. They work together with your team and your chosen member of the AWS Partner Network (APN) to execute your cloud computing initiatives to achieve your missions.
  • AWS Training helps your organization innovate faster, develop better solutions for citizens, and accomplish your missions more efficiently. We offer learning paths, onsite training, virtual training, and can work with your organization to develop a customized learning strategy.

By acting quickly, you can get a tailored RI plan in time to leverage year-end funds. With our cloud experts, extensive partner network, and a breadth of contract vehicles, AWS can help you obligate your remaining year-end funds through the procurement channel that’s right for you.

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