AWS Public Sector Blog

Category: Public Sector

Hack the house: Social housing hackathon

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Disruptive Innovators Network (DIN) hosted the first competitive social housing hackathon this past May in London. Four UK housing associations – including Great Places, Places for People and Metropolitan Thames Valley – were teamed with members of the AWS Partner Network (APN), and had 36 hours to analyse one of four housing problems and hack a solution.

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ATF migrates to the cloud: “We’re all in.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is currently migrating their systems to a cloud architecture. Mason McDaniel, chief technology officer at ATF, spoke with Government Matters at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC about the status of their current cloud migration efforts. Watch the full interview with Mason McDaniel to learn more about ATF’s cloud migration strategy, the importance of automation, and how IT modernization helped them modernize their mission.

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Now more than a thousand partners in the AWS Public Sector Partner Program

The AWS Public Sector Partner (PSP) Program now has more than 1,000 members who are demonstrating their commitment to working with government, education, and nonprofit customers around the globe. The program’s success is reflected in the revenue growth of participating partners who increased profits compared to partners not in the program.

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Amazon EC2 Spot Instances now available in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

Amazon EC2 Spot Instances are now available in Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Regions. AWS GovCloud (US) is Amazon’s isolated cloud infrastructure and services designed to address specific regulatory and compliance requirements of US Government agencies, as well as contractors, educational institutions, and other US customers that run sensitive workloads in the cloud. With Amazon EC2 Spot Instances, AWS GovCloud (US) customers can take advantage of the largest pool of cost-effective compute capacity in the world, while realizing savings up to 90% compared to on-demand prices. Spot Instances provide acceleration, scale, and cost savings that are ideal for fault-tolerant, flexible, loosely coupled, and stateless workloads.

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Reflections on DoDIIS 2019: Resiliency, redundancy, and security

One of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s biggest events is the annual Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Conference. In August, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) brought together over 3,700 experts and innovators from government and industry at DoDIIS to share their insights on this year’s conference theme – Resiliency, Redundancy and Security: Adapting to Asymmetric Threats. For years, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has helped the federal government harness the power of the cloud to transform its mission and create a better world by enabling rapid sourcing, enrichment, and analysis of massive amounts of global data to reveal insight and actionable intelligence.

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Improving patient care in Canada with Amazon Comprehend Medical

Amazon Comprehend Medical is a natural language processing (NLP) service that simplifies the use of machine learning (ML) to extract relevant medical information from unstructured text often found in clinical charts or doctor’s notes. Since the service launched in the AWS Canada (Central) Region in June 2019, it opened up possibilities for Canadian healthcare organizations to better serve patients. Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers are among the organizations who leverage Amazon Comprehend Medical and Amazon SageMaker, to create their own machine learning models that can triage x-rays to provide a better healthcare experience.

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Smartsheet Gov achieves FedRAMP P-ATO, taps AWS GovCloud (US) and ATO on AWS to accelerate journey

Smartsheet, a cloud-based platform for work execution, recently announced Smartsheet Gov achieved a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO). Smartsheet Gov is a secure solution that enables federal agencies to organize and scale processes, streamline workflows, and automate repetitive yet critical tasks, built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). The Joint Authorization Board (JAB)-issued authorization enables U.S. federal government customers to increase their use of the Smartsheet Gov platform to help them modernize their IT missions. “By building on AWS GovCloud, Smartsheet and their government customers may host sensitive data and regulated workloads, while meeting stringent US government security and compliance requirements,” said Dave Levy, Vice President of U.S. Federal Government at AWS.

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Announcing AWS Global Data Egress Discount for K12 and Primary Education

In 2016, Amazon Web Services (AWS) committed to offering data egress discounts to researchers to help decrease barriers to entry for cloud computing. Now, AWS is announcing that the same waiver will apply to K12 and primary education customers in the United States, making it easier for schools and district to use their cloud storage, computing, and database services.

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Enabling impact in Australia and New Zealand at the AWS Public Sector Summit Canberra: Recap

At the AWS Public Sector Summit in Canberra, Australia, more than 1,300 technologists convened to learn about digital transformation through cloud technologies, and were able to get inspired, dive deep, and begin to build. Keynote speakers highlighted the impact AWS can have on the individual, society, security, government, and the economy in the Australia and New Zealand region.

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