Amazon Web Services Launches Second GovCloud Region in the United States

US public sector and regulated commercial customers can run
mission-critical workloads with low latency and high availability in new
AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

Customers and APN partners actively using AWS GovCloud include:
Adobe, Blackboard, Booz Allen Hamilton, Drakontas, Druva, ECS, Enlighten
IT, General Electric, General Dynamics Information Technology, the
Indiana State Police Department, Infor, JHC Technology, Leidos, NASA’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Novetta, PowerDMS, Raytheon, REAN Cloud, SAP
NS2, Smartronix, US Department of Treasury, and US Department of
Veterans Affairs, among others.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:
AMZN), announced the launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, its
second GovCloud infrastructure region in the United States. With the
launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, AWS now provides 57
Availability Zones across 19 geographic regions globally with another 12
Availability Zones and four regions coming online in Bahrain, Hong Kong
SAR, South Africa, and Sweden between the end of 2018 and the first half
of 2020. The AWS GovCloud Regions meet the stringent requirements of the
public sector and highly regulated industries, including being operated
on US soil by US citizens, and are accessible only to vetted US entities
and root account holders who must confirm they are US persons. For more
information, go to: https://aws.amazon.com/govcloud-us/.

“For more than seven years, government customers and those in highly
regulated industries have been using AWS GovCloud (US-West) to run
workloads that must meet the most stringent security and compliance
requirements,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public
Sector at AWS. “Based on the growth of GovCloud (US-West) and high
customer demand for a second region in the eastern part of the US, we’ve
opened a second GovCloud Region so that AWS customers can support their
mission-critical programs with even lower latency to the East Coast and
have the ability to implement cross-region disaster recovery.”

AWS was the first cloud provider to launch an isolated infrastructure
region designed to meet government and other highly regulated industry
requirements when it opened the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region in 2011.
Like AWS GovCloud (US-West), AWS GovCloud (US-East) offers three
Availability Zones. AWS Regions are comprised of multiple Availability
Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct
geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the
risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to
provide low-latency for high availability applications. Each
Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and
is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers
focused on high availability can design their applications to run in
multiple Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault tolerance.

AWS GovCloud helps customers address compliance at every stage of their
cloud journey, supporting more certifications, attestations, laws,
regulations, and security frameworks than any other cloud provider, as
well as offering more services covered by those compliance regimes.
Similar to AWS GovCloud (US-West), the new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region
is isolated and meets the top US government compliance requirements,
including: Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)
Moderate and High baselines, US International Traffic in Arms
Regulations (ITAR), the Federal Information Security Management Act
(FISMA) Low, Moderate, and High baselines, the Department of Justice’s
Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy, Department
of Defense (DoD) Impact Levels 2, 4, and 5. The AWS GovCloud Regions
also conform to commercial security and privacy standards such as
Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy
Standards, Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security, System and Organization
Controls (SOC) 1, 2, and 3, as well as ISO/IEC 9001 compliance which is
primarily for healthcare, life sciences, medical devices, automotive,
and aerospace customers.

Customers and APN Partners welcome new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region

AWS customers can now enjoy the second AWS GovCloud Region in the
eastern part of the United States for reduced latency, added redundancy,
data durability, resiliency, greater disaster recovery capability, and
the ability to scale across multiple regions. United States government
agencies, and the IT contractors that serve them, were early adopters of
AWS GovCloud (US-West) while US public sector and commercial customers
in highly regulated industries such as education, financial services,
and healthcare also use AWS GovCloud. Government agencies like the US
Department of Treasury, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and many
others use AWS GovCloud for their applications and workloads. Companies
like Adobe, Blackboard, Booz Allen Hamilton, Drakontas, Druva, ECS,
Enlighten IT, General Dynamics Information Technology, GE, Infor, JHC
Technology, Leidos, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Novetta, PowerDMS,
Raytheon, REAN Cloud, a Hitachi Vantara company, SAP NS2, and Smartronix
are among AWS GovCloud customers that rely on the compliance standards
and security that only AWS GovCloud can provide.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for providing vital
services like healthcare to America’s veterans and enjoys the
flexibility and cost savings of AWS in efficiently innovating to better
serve US military Veterans. “At the US Department of Veterans Affairs,
we’ve seen firsthand the cost savings, flexibility, and ‘doorway to
innovation’ that the cloud provides,” said Dave Cantanoso, Director of
Enterprise Cloud Solutions at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Through the agency’s use of commercial cloud, we’ve been able to
provide a more streamlined experience for our nation’s Veterans, giving
them faster, easier access to benefits, healthcare, and other essential
services through Vets.gov. We’re excited to take advantage of the new
AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region to continue optimizing that online

Raytheon, one of the world’s leading providers of technology for
mission-critical defense systems, is using AWS GovCloud to comply with a
wide range of government regulations, and by using AWS they have been
able to reduce the time to build, test, and scale software from weeks to
hours. “Working with AWS has allowed us to unlock new opportunities and
deliver more capability, services, and innovation to our global
customers,” said John DeSimone, Vice President of Cybersecurity at
Raytheon IIS. “With a new AWS GovCloud Region in the eastern part of the
United States, we are able to leverage the security and flexibility that
only AWS GovCloud provides to bring operational value for our mission
partners with even lower latency.”

Across the United States, state and local governments, including law
enforcement, have been using AWS GovCloud to store their data in a cost
effective way. In Indiana, the State Police Department relies on AWS
GovCloud to innovate and advance law enforcement through technology,
while securely storing data that is CJIS compliant. “The use of
technology and data is becoming increasingly important to law
enforcement,” said Major Mike White, Assistant Chief of Staff with the
Indiana State Police Department. “With advancements, come the need for
secure connectivity and storage without draining the budget. Storage for
databases, reports, and video are part of today’s challenges for law
enforcement technology managers. AWS is quickly becoming a go-to
solution for technology needs that won’t break the bank.”

Drakontas provides products for law enforcement, criminal justice,
infrastructure protection, transportation, and military communities. Its
DragonForce software, which combines multiple planning tools to deliver
real-time information to commanders and field members, is built entirely
on AWS. “The new AWS GovCloud bolsters the geo-redundant offering of
DragonForce for our customers who have the most demanding mission
critical requirements,” said James Sim, President and Chief Operating
Officer at Drakontas. “DragonForce users including York County,
Pennsylvania’s Quick Response Team, the Monmouth County, New Jersey
Emergency Response Team, and the Gwinnett County, Georgia SWAT will all
benefit from the reduced latency and increased reliability that we’ll be
able to provide by leveraging this new AWS GovCloud Region.”

PowerDMS allows organizations in public safety, law enforcement,
government, healthcare, and other industries to share crucial content,
and recently migrated its production network and system components to
AWS GovCloud. “As a technology service provider for the public safety
market, we know that when our customers are responding to life-saving
situations every second counts,” said Heath Hensley, Chief Technology
Officer, PowerDMS. “Our customers are located throughout the US and it’s
important that our data centers are strategically placed to ensure the
lowest latency possible. The addition of AWS GovCloud (US-East) not only
allows us to reduce latency for our East Coast customers but also
increase redundancy so that all customers can access crucial content the
second they need it.”

Customers can access the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region beginning today.
A full list of services is available at https://aws.amazon.com/govcloud-us/

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