AWS Public Sector Blog
Announcing the AWS Well-Architected Operational Readiness Review lens
AWS announced the release of the Operational Readiness Review (ORR) program as a custom lens for the AWS Well-Architected Tool, which is designed to help you review the state of your applications and workloads against architectural best practices, identify opportunities for improvement, and track progress over time. Creating a custom lens for the Well-Architected Tool with the ORR program can help supplement Well-Architected reviews by including lessons learned that are specific to your business, culture, tools, and governance rules. Learn how to set up the ORR as a custom lens in this walkthrough.
Investing in continuous learning to grow your organization’s future
Many organizations invest in infrastructure for future needs but may overlook needed technical training and cloud modernization skills for people within the organization. The AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF) provides guidance outlined in six different perspectives for an organization’s cloud transformation journey. One of these perspectives, People perspective: culture and change, addresses how to develop capabilities for the growth of people within an organization. Learn how developing key capabilities within the People perspective of the AWS CAF can support long-term mission success.
The top 3 innovation drivers in higher education in 2023
At AWS, we work with K12 schools, higher education institutions, and education technology (EdTech) and learning companies to support teaching and learning, research innovation, and to build lasting institutions that positively impact their communities. We asked our higher education customers what’s top of mind for them in 2023, capturing insights from AWS education subject matter experts and global education experts. Learn the main priorities that they shared with us, and what their future roadmap is for teaching, learning, and research.
A deeper look into the 2022 ASDI Global Hackathon’s first place winner
In 2022, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) Global Hackathon, part of a new collaboration with the International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence, under the auspices of UNESCO. Participants were asked to use their creativity, intelligence, and technical skills to build sustainability solutions using data from ASDI on any AWS Cloud services to build solutions that support one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations (UN). We connected with Jeff McWhirter, the first place winner, to learn more about his winning project, the Repository for Archiving and MAnaging Diverse Data (RAMADDA).
Announcing new cloud-based solutions for credit unions and nonprofit research organizations
Today, AWS announced the addition of new nonprofit solutions in the AWS Solutions Library and AWS Marketplace. These solutions are tailored to the unique requirements of credit unions and nonprofit research organizations. They range from architectural guidance to ready-to-deploy solutions, and also include offerings developed by AWS Partners. Learn the solution categories that collect these new solutions into important mission areas, as well as some of the specific solutions that can help credit unions or research organizations get started with AWS.
3 ways AppStream 2.0 transforms the CTE and STEM experience in schools
How can schools make sure students have more equitable access to the real-world technology they need to grow skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? The answer is Amazon AppStream 2.0, an application streaming service from AWS that lets users run any desktop application, on any computer, with the cloud. With access to high-powered programs and applications on any device connected to the internet, educators can provide career technical education (CTE) and STEM curricula to students anywhere, anytime. Find out the three ways that AppStream 2.0 improves the STEM classroom and more.
Getting started with Amazon Lightsail for Research: A tutorial using RStudio
Amazon Lightsail for Research is a new service that makes it simple to incorporate cloud computing resources into your work without cloud experience. With Lightsail for Research, you can shift large and/or time-consuming analysis from your laptop onto powerful cloud resources, run multiple analyses simultaneously, and continue computations even when your laptop is off or being used for other activities. In this blog post, learn how to use Lightsail for Research with a simple but common use case.
Mapping litter and plastic pollution with citizen science
As part of the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI), AWS invited Seán Lynch, the founder of OpenLitterMap, to share how AWS technologies and open data are helping to solve global challenges like biodiversity loss and plastic pollution with citizen science. Solutions like OpenLitterMap help unlock the potential that a global abundance of technology has for the collection and dissemination of pertinent data that is an instrumental part of positive social change.
How advanced analytics can improve efficiency and provide important student insights at higher education institutions
Higher education institutions are turning to data to solve challenges, improve efficiency, and create a better student experience. But to obtain the answers institutions need to thrive and better serve students, they often need new technologies. Many universities are upgrading IT systems and investing in state-of-the-art analytics solutions. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is one such institution that has taken steps to innovate by creating opportunities for evolution with AWS.
Best practices for creating highly available workloads
Many public sector organizations that are moving to the cloud often misunderstand that the architecture of AWS Regions and Availability Zones fundamentally changes how they should think about disaster recovery and resiliency. In this blog post, I share some best practices to answer common questions about building highly available workloads, and share some ways to consider high availability, disaster recovery, and application resiliency within AWS.