AWS to build new data centre for US Government

Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA JPL, Defense Digital Service, United States Air Force, United States Department of Justice to make use of new cloud region.

Amazon’s cloud business arm AWS has announced it will expand its data centre footprint to better serve Washington DC and the overall US Government IT needs.

The second AWS GovCloud region was announced by Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at AWS, in a company blog post.

“AWS GovCloud (US) gives AWS customers a place to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the AWS Cloud,” he said.

“I am happy to announce that we are working on a second Region that we expect to open in 2018. The upcoming AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region will provide customers with added redundancy, data durability, and resiliency, and will also provide additional options for disaster recovery.”

The second region follows from the very first one launched in 2011 which is located on the west coast of the US.

The new region will be isolated and meet US government compliance requirements including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), NIST standards, Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate and High, Department of Defense Impact Levels 2-4, DFARs, IRS1075, and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) requirements.

Barr said: “Government agencies and the IT contactors that serve them were early adopters of AWS GovCloud (US), as were companies in regulated industries.

“These organisations are able to enjoy the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of public cloud while benefiting from the isolation and data protection offered by a region designed and built to meet their regulatory needs and to help them to meet their compliance requirements.”

Some of AWS’ Federal (US) Government customers include the Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration 18F (Digital Services Delivery), NASA JPL, Defense Digital Service, United States Air Force, United States Department of Justice.