AWS Public Sector Blog

AWS Europe (London) Region Now Open

We announced our 16th AWS Region – our newest AWS Europe (London) Region. This is the third Region in Europe (joining Ireland and Frankfurt). AWS customers can use the new London Region to better serve end users in the United Kingdom. For public sector customers, this is important because customers can also use it to store data in the UK and deliver secure solutions for OFFICIAL workloads.

AWS Customers in the UK

With the public sector footprint growing in the UK, AWS customers like Transport for London and the UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ) are working with AWS to build cloud solutions that enable them to save money and improve the performance and availability of their technology infrastructure so they can focus more time on delivering innovative services to UK citizens.

For example, by moving to the AWS Cloud, the UK Ministry of Justice can use technology to enhance the effectiveness and fairness of the services it provides to British citizens. MOJ had its own on-premises data center, but lacked the ability to change and adapt rapidly to the needs of its citizens. As it created more digital services, MOJ turned to AWS to automate, consolidate, and deliver constituent services. Using AWS services including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon Route 53, the MOJ has been able to turn technology into an enabler for fair and effective justice.

Security & Compliance

In order to meet the special security needs of public sector organizations in the UK with respect to OFFICIAL workloads, we have worked with our Direct Connect Partners to make sure that obligations for connectivity to the Public Services Network (PSN) and N3 can be met.

Every AWS Region is designed and built to meet rigorous compliance standards including ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC3, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more. Our Cloud Compliance page includes information about these standards, along with those that are specific to the UK, including Cyber Essentials Plus. Learn more here.

Research in the Cloud

Europe has also been a hub of many of the world’s research collaborations and we recently launched the AWS Research Cloud program with the help of important Europeans institutions, like Jisc and GÈANT.

Read Jeff Barr’s post for all of the details, including the broad suite of AWS services available at launch.

Governments, educational institutions, and nonprofits are getting ready to use this new Region, which is available for use now. Get in touch with us to start building solutions today.