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AWS GovCloud East goes live

Amazon Web Services announced the launch of a second AWS GovCloud in the eastern United States.

Like AWS GovCloud (US-West), GovCloud (US-East) features three availability zones, which provide geographically separated infrastructure that reduces the risk of a single event impacting operations but still provides low-latency processing for high-availability applications.

Also like the original AWS GovCloud, which opened in 2011, the new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region is isolated, operated on U.S. soil by U.S. citizens. The new GovCloud also complies with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program moderate and high baselines, U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Federal Information Security Management Act's low, moderate and high baselines, the Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Information Services Security Policy and the Department of Defense impact levels 2, 4 and 5.

“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 Worldwide Public Sector Vice President Teresa Carlson said.

AWS is considered by many to be the frontrunner for the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure commercial cloud contract, which requires capabilities for handling secret and top secret classified data.  This October, Microsoft announced it would have a classified cloud capability by 2019.  

The GovCloud East region was first announced in June 2017.

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