(The Hosting News) – U.S. government agencies now have the opportunity to participate in the cloud via Amazon Web Services. The cloud provider recently announced its launch of AWS GovCloud for the United States, providing various government agencies with cloud computing resources, including some familiar AWS services like CloudWatch (a monitoring tool) and Elastic Block Store (storage volumes).
Describing CloudGov on the AWS site, Amazon states that is “a new AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.”
The creation of the new cloud was done in a way that specifically fits government regulations, including those stipulated by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (also known as ITAR).
For those interested in using the new cloud, AWS states, “Agencies with a need to access the AWS GovCloud must sign an AWS GovCloud (US) Enterprise Agreement. We will also make this Region accessible to government contractors, software integrators, and service providers with a demonstrated need for access. Those of you in this category will need to meet the requirements set out in ITAR Regulation 120.15.”
Meanwhile, the new cloud’s creation appears to have created more job opportunities at Amazon Web Services. In the same release, AWS posted some listings regarding job opportunities at the company including positions for program managers, software development engineers, security engineers, and more.
Despite the launch, it’s not the first time that Amazon has provided for the government. Sites for NASA and the U.S. Treasury are already provided for by AWS services.
The U.S. government has been busy adopting a new cloud policy. Earlier this year, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra outlined the government’s cloud strategy, seeking to convert various agencies to using cloud storage. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has also been busy with its data center consolidation effort as it looks to close around 373 facilities by 2012.
The new cloud’s launch follows last week’s downtime of AWS services based out of Dublin, Ireland. Initially thought to be caused by a lightning strike, Amazon recently determined that wasn’t the case. For more information on GovCloud, visit: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2011/08/new-aws-govcloud-us-region.html