Last year I told you that we were working on AWS GovCloud (US-East) , an eastern US companion to the existingAWS GovCloud (US-West) Region that welaunched in 2011. The new region is now open and ready to serve the needs of federal, state, and local government agencies, the IT contractors that serve them, and customers with regulated workloads. It offers added redundancy, data durability, and resiliency, and also provides additional options for disaster recovery. This is an isolated AWS region, subject to FedRAMP High and Moderate baselines , operated by US citizens on US soil. It is accessible only to vetted US entities and root account holders, who must confirm that they are US Persons (citizens or permanent residents) in order to gain access. You can read Achieve FedRAMP High Compliance in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region to learn more.
AWS GovCloud (US) gives vetted government customers and regulated industry customers and their partners the flexibility to architect secure cloud solutions that comply with: the FedRAMP High baseline, the DOJ’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Security Policy, U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) for Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5, FIPS 140-2, IRS-1075, and other compliance regimes.
Crossing the Regions
Many of the cool cross-regions features of AWS can be used to span
AWS GovCloud (US-East)
and AWS GovCloud (US-West) in order to reduce latency or to increase workload resiliency & availability for mission-critical systems. Here’s what you can do:EC2 Copy AMIs. EBS Copy volumes and snapshots . S3 Replicate buckets. DynamoDB Replicate tables usingDynamoDB Streams. Redshift Copy snapshots manually and automatically. RDS Create cross-region read replicas for MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and mysql.Copy snapshots. CloudTrail Aggregate logs. CloudFormation Use StackSets to maintain consistency across accounts and regions.
We are working to add support for DynamoDB Global Tables and Inter-Region VPC Peering.
AWS GovCloud (US) in Action
Our customers are already hosting many different types of applications in AWS GovCloud (US-West); here’s a small sample:
Enterprise Apps Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft workloads that were traditionally provisioned for peak demand are now being run on scalable, cloud-based infrastructure.
HPC / Big Data Organizations with large data sets are spinning up HPC clusters in the cloud in order to extract intelligence and to better serve their constituents.
Storage / DR The ability to tap in to vast amounts of cost-effective, highly durable cloud storage managed by US Persons supports a variety of DR approaches, from simple backups to hot standby. The addition of a second region allows you to use of the cross-region features that I mentioned earlier.
To learn more, check out theAWS GovCloud (US) page. If you are looking forward to making use of AWS GovCloud (US) and need a partner to help you to make it happen, take a look at the list of AWS GovCloud (US) Partners .
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