Posted On: Jan 29, 2015

Today we are excited to announce the preview of AWS Trusted Advisor in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. For a limited time, all AWS GovCloud (US) customers will be able to run all 19 checks available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.

AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and makes recommendations for saving money, improving system performance and reliability, or closing security gaps. Since 2013, customers have viewed over 2.6 million best-practice recommendations in AWS Trusted Advisor in the categories of cost optimization, performance improvement, security, and fault tolerance, and they have realized over $350 million in estimated cost reductions.

What to expect with AWS Trusted Advisor:

  • You can track recent changes of check status on the console dashboard. The most recent changes appear at the top to bring them to your attention.
  • Action links: You can click the hyperlinks on each item to go to the AWS Management Console and take action.
  • All check categories are shown in the dashboard with a count of checks by severity.
  • Data reporting: Checks with high severity status appear at the top of each category list; you can further filter the category view by check status and exclude items from the check results.
  • Streamlined interaction: You are alerted when a refresh is complete, and the refresh interval has been shortened to five minutes.
  • Notifications: You can sign up for a weekly notification email with updates on check status and potential savings.
  • Exclude items: You can exclude items from a check report if they are not relevant; excluded items appear separately, and you can restore (include) them at any time.

On February 27, 2015, AWS GovCloud (US) customers will be required to have Business-level or Enterprise-level support in order to continue benefiting from all checks available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region. Two checks will continue to be available to all AWS GovCloud (US) customers: Service Limits (in the Performance category) and Security Groups - Specific Ports Unrestricted (in the Security category).

The AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide provides details regarding all checks available in the AWS GovCloud (US) region.