AWS Spinning Up A New GovCloud Region On The East Coast

The US East Coast sure is seeing a lot of AWS action lately. The cloud giant is all set to open a new GovCloud facility in the region, in order to conform to the government security and compliance regulations.

We recently heard that the company was planning a new campus in the region.

And now there is confirmation that a new region is in the works for 2018, which will provide cloud services that conform to government security and compliance regulations.

As the cloud giant revealed in the official announcement, this is a move to offer government oriented services closer to the federal customers. Amazon Web Services already serves several agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration.

Not to mention the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jeff Barr, the chief evangelist at AWS:

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

AWS launched the first GovCloud region in US on the west coast, in 2011, which the company said was designed to meet the unique regulatory requirements of the United States government. This new expansion will be no different, and will be isolated and meet high compliance requirements.

Overall, this will be the 20th worldwide region announced by AWS, as the cloud titan works to broaden the geographic reach of its data centers as competition with Microsoft Azure heats up.

The former already has two government focused regions available, with two more on the way.