AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Category: Public Sector

No Internet, no electricity? No problem. BluPoint makes access to digital content possible in unconnected parts of the world

During a research project at the University of Southampton in the UK, Professor Mike Santer was researching the use of mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research led him to wonder how the power of the Internet can be brought to the 3 billion unconnected people in the world? Eventually, his enquiry led him to co-found BluPoint Ltd., a startup with a mission to develop Internet solutions for places where connectivity is either intermittent, non-existent, or cost-prohibitive.

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Colocation of AWS: Remove the friction from cloud migration

Are you stuck in your colocation facility spending precious dollars on maintaining hardware instead of innovating? Well, you are not alone. In the decade plus since Amazon Web Services (AWS) released the first cloud services, organizations around the world are seeing the benefits of letting others run their IT infrastructure so that they can get to business making their apps great. However, when considering a cloud migration, many organizations struggle with how to get started, and often these organizations allow the complexity of a cloud migration to be a barrier to building a migration strategy and roadmap.

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Heading into Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the official start of Hurricane Season. This time of year brings strong winds and powerful lessons in preparedness. To support our customers, the AWS Disaster Response Program provides a set of services that enables the disaster response community to easily leverage the benefits of AWS during disasters – whether it is a typhoon, earthquake, or fire. With the AWS Disaster Response Program, governments and nonprofit organizations worldwide can take advantage of technologies and expertise to tap into the on-demand infrastructure of AWS at the edge and in the cloud – for resiliency planning and disaster response – like architecting a business continuity plan built in the cloud to ensure continuity of government, or like spinning up a virtual call center that expands on demand and staffing it with volunteers and deprovisioning the service as soon as demand subsides, or like leveraging Amazon SageMaker to more rapidly analyze geospatial data to assess damage.

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Accelerate Your Journey to AWS with a Cisco Cloud-Ready Network

Many organizations have developed a cloud-migration strategy and are looking at how to accelerate cloud adoption. As organizations increasingly embrace IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS consumption models, many select Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their cloud provider. While pre-application migration planning and application readiness is a key focus area, many organizations realized that network readiness is critical for a successful cloud adoption journey. Legacy network architectures lack the simplicity, adaptability, automation, and application awareness needed to deliver the best user experience. A cloud-ready network should enable secure and optimized connectivity to cloud services from remote locations.

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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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Building Your Hybrid Cloud Strategy with AWS

Public sector organizations continue to push forward and attempt to do more with less. They must find creative ways to innovate and bring new ideas to their organizations, while also facing challenges such as increasing cyber threats and maintaining mission-critical legacy systems. One way public sector customers bring innovation into their organization is with a hybrid cloud strategy.

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Help End Childhood Hunger on Red Nose Day

Today, on Red Nose Day, we are shining a light on the annual campaign to end child hunger. In the US alone, there are approximately 15.5 million impoverished children. Studies show that suffering from food insecurity can have lifelong effects on children, contributing to physical and mental health problems and lower academic performance. To address this issue, nonprofits are discovering that technology is a powerful resource to use on behalf of the populations they serve. Learn how one campaign – No Kid Hungry – is using data and technology to help end childhood hunger:

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