Posted On: Jan 14, 2016

AWS is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new automated sign-up capability for AWS GovCloud (US). The new self-service capability greatly reduces the time it takes for qualified customers to gain access to AWS GovCloud (US). To get started, log in with root credentials for your standard AWS account to enable use of AWS GovCloud (US), navigate to the My Account page from the AWS Management Console, and select the “Sign Up for AWS GovCloud (US)” button. Note that automated sign-up is only available to direct AWS customers in the United States.

Designed to meet the US Government’s regulatory and compliance requirements for sensitive workloads, AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region with two fault tolerant and geographically separated Availability Zones. AWS GovCloud (US) enables qualified customers to deploy sensitive workloads to the cloud, in compliance with US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and other US government regulations. AWS GovCloud (US) is available to US government agencies, government contractors, private and public commercial entities, educational institutions, non-profits and research organizations that meet access requirements.

Since AWS GovCloud (US) is isolated from other AWS regions, it requires an account owner to have a separate account ID and user credentials for access. Accounts can only be obtained by individuals or entities that qualify as US Persons.