AWS [AMZN: NasdaqGS]: Pioneers of the Government Cloud Space

AWS [AMZN: NasdaqGS]: Pioneers of the Government Cloud Space

Andy Jassy, SVP, AWSAndy Jassy, SVP
AWS re:Invent—the largest gathering of the global cloud community—is scheduled to during November this year. Announcing one new service after another during keynotes at its annual conference has become a part of the tradition for AWS. Last year, SVP, Andy Jassy provided a new growth metric: a $7.3 billion annual revenue rate alongside informing about QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose, amongst others. However, it was in 2011 that AWS came up with the announcement of their services for the government agencies. The audience were informed about GovCloud (US), Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Security Model (CSM), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) and FedRAMP.

The AWS GovCloud as we know it today is an area developed to deal with the specific regulatory needs of the U.S. government agencies, education institutions, and other customers and partners. The AWS GovCloud is quite similar to efforts by its competitors to deliver cloud services that meet the data handling restrictions of the government. Within the AWS GovCloud, agencies can implement Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) resources among others and take advantage of the flexibility, scalability, and affordability of the cloud.

Similarly, the Department of Defense Cloud Security Model offers an official evaluation and approval process for cloud service providers (CSPs) to get a DoD provisional authorization. This temporary authorization under the CSM gives a reusable certification, which is attested with the AWS authorization with DoD standards. That being the case, the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) from AWS prioritizes information to securely store when it reaches the cloud from the government. It provides timely access to the government information whenever and wherever possible by safely guarding the data. Finally, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) offers constant monitoring, authorization and approach to Security for cloud products and services.

Our platform provides the building blocks that can be assembled quickly to support any workload, can be adjusted according to the needs of the business and there is no upfront cost or ongoing commitments

Jassy says, “Our platform provides the building blocks that can be assembled quickly to support any workload, can be adjusted according to the needs of the business and there is no upfront cost or ongoing commitments.”

With AWS coming up with so many solutions, large government agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have shifted some of their IT infrastructure to AWS. “The Amazon IaaS shown us significant IT efficiencies,” says Alex Voultepsis, chief of the engineering for the NSA’s Intelligence Community Special Operations Group. Alex also informs that, by moving to AWS they will be able to save about 50- 55 percent on infrastructure costs.

AWS has not shown signs of slowing down, and has come a long way since its inception. Maybe that’s the reason Jeff Bezos has been constantly investing in AWS. The firm has demonstrated a track record of listening to its customers and delivering highly innovative new features at a rapid pace. AWS constantly hones its operational expertise to ensure ongoing dependability, and continues to incorporate both industry best practices and proprietary advances into the cloud infrastructure.

The U.S. government has understood the need for cloud services and the advantages that they provide to agencies—agility and operational efficiency. It has issued a Federal Cloud First policy that directs government agencies to consider cloud resources as an option. In this scenario, AWS’ offerings make sense. With recent updates such as AWS CloudTrail, VM Import in the GovCloud, and features involving Auto Scaling and the Service Limits Report being supported by their Management Console, AWS is bound to stay ahead of the tangent in the perceivable future.