AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Government

A Fireside Chat with Andy Jassy at the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO, Andy Jassy, spoke with Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector at AWS, in a fireside chat at the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. The conversation spanned a variety of topics including how AWS is helping public sector customers accelerate their pace of innovation, how organizations can leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence, the unwavering support of AWS for our defense and national security customers, and the critical nature of moving fast to solve public sector challenges.

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15 Highlights from the 2019 AWS Public Sector Summit Keynote

As cloud transforms the public sector, every organization has the ability to think big and transform their ability to achieve their mission. From enabling the workforce to securing data to finding the right tool for the right job, organizations can design for a future of continual innovation, enabled by AWS. See below for the 15 highlights, speakers, and announcements from the Tuesday Keynote at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.

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Expanded Cloud Computing Capabilities for Compliance-Driven and Regulated Organizations with AWS GovCloud (US)

Since announcing the opening of the second AWS GovCloud (US) Region last year, we continue to focus on driving innovation and access to new services and infrastructure. This year, we launched over 220 services and features into the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. This includes some of our customers’ most requested AWS services such as Amazon S3 Glacier, AWS PrivateLink, AWS Transit Gateway, AWS Resource Access Manager (RAM), Amazon Route 53, and Amazon Workspaces. We’ve also made it easier for customers to centrally manage compliance, access, licenses, deployment, and billing for workloads in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions with the recent launches of AWS Organizations, AWS Service Catalog, and AWS License Manager.

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Get started on your path to an ATO

Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS is an AWS Partner Network (APN) program, which provides resources to solution providers running on AWS who need assistance in their pursuit of a compliance authorization. This includes the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and many other compliance programs.

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Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, powered by AWS, to accelerate satellite-driven innovation in education and the public sector

Cal Poly has announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative to support the growing opportunity to solve the planets most critical challenges with low earth orbit (LEO) satellite data. The DxHub will work closely with the AWS Ground Station team to test and improve satellite connectivity and improve access to satellite-acquired data to solve problems. Through the DxHub and the SDS Initiative, students and faculty will have access to AWS services, technologies, and technical expertise to experiment with ‘born-in-the-cloud’ solutions that build on, and add to, space-based data analytics.

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20 Public Sector Partners Achieve Government and Education Competencies

AWS Competency Partners have the expertise to help you succeed at each stage of your cloud journey. The AWS Competency Program helps you identify and choose top APN Partners that have been vetted, validated, and verified by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Guidance from these partners can provide value-added services and solutions, leading to bigger results that help organizations at any stage of their cloud adoption journey. At the AWS Public Sector Summit, we highlighted the following APN Partners who were recently awarded AWS Government and Education Competency designations.

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Building a Website that Brings the Outdoors, Indoors

Recreation.gov is your gateway to discover America’s Outdoors and more. From trip planning to information sharing to reservations, the webpage is the one-stop shop to plan your American adventure. As a digital portal to 3,500 federal areas and over 100,000 facilities and activities, the webpage needs the right technology to bring the outdoors to your computer screen. Booz Allen Hamilton designed a new Recreation.gov website that launched in the fall of 2018 that runs completely on AWS. The website personalizes the user experience through data analytics and recommendation engines, while keeping all data secure.

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Send Your Name to Mars

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the red planet. Submit your name by September 30, 2019, and fly along! NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) launched their serverless website on AWS – Send Your Name to Mars. People around the world can now submit their names to be inscribed on the Mars Rover and sent 313 million miles away to Mars in 2020.

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