AWS GovCloud announces eastern expansion

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Amazon Web Services is expanding its cloud services infrastructure that supports sensitive and highly regulated government data to a second, East Coast region, the company announced today.

The new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region is set to be up and running by 2018, and will provide customers with the same isolation and compliance standards as AWS GovCloud’s original West Coast region.

The current AWS GovCloud is “an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud,” according to AWS. The Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA, the General Services Administration’s 18F, the United States Air Force and the Department of Justice are clients of AWS GovCloud.

“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,” an AWS announcement reads.

Like its predecessor, the East Coast GovCloud region will comply with a variety of requirements, such International Traffic in Arms Regulations, National Institute of Standards and Technology standards, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s moderate and high baseline, and the Department of Defense impact levels 2-4.

The first AWS GovCloud (US) Region, now called AWS GovCloud (US-West), launched in 2011.

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