AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Highlights from Cloudorado: EDUCAUSE 2018 Recap

Over 5,850 education leaders traveled to Denver, Colorado, to engage on topics and discussions in higher education IT. Throughout the week, we shared ways to increase access to learning and improve student outcomes – from bringing Amazon Alexa voice technology to campus to improving current educational technologies with machine learning. In case you missed it, read on for key themes and takeaways.

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Second AWS GovCloud (US) Region in the United States is Live

The new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region is now available. The AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region joins GovCloud (US-West) as the second AWS GovCloud Region in the US, and the 19th AWS Region worldwide. The second AWS GovCloud (US) Region gives US government customers a consistent compliance framework across their IT environment including FedRAMP, DoD IL 5, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and International Traffic and Arms Regulations (ITAR).

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Satellites Help Make Agricultural Systems Transparent and Sustainable

GREENSPIN is a startup company from Würzburg, Germany, that works in the area of data analytics for better agriculture. In this blog post, Dr. Sebastian Fritsch tells us how GREENSPIN is using Earth Observation data available via the Registry of Open Data on AWS to improve agricultural practices. Check out the Q&A with Dr. Sebastian Fritsch from GREENSPIN.

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To Our Veterans, Thank You for Your Service

AWS is committed to helping address high rates of veteran unemployment through our partnership with government and veterans’ organizations. We, along with other divisions of Amazon, have created a number of programs focused on providing employment resources, educational access, and wellness programs aimed at helping veterans transition after their years of service.

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Evolving to a Microservices Architecture in Public Sector IT Organizations: Phasing in Containers and Serverless for Microsoft .NET Applications

Imagine this scenario: it’s the last day to file a business permit renewal. You are a small business owner who goes online, completes a renewal form, and clicks “submit.” Behind the scenes, processing ensues. While you wait for the business permit to be processed, you wonder why the system doesn’t instantly accept and approve your form. Why not have the back-end processing take place separately so you can receive a notification a few minutes later with your permit attached?

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How Serverless Is Solving Congress’ Full Voicemail Box Problem

Hearing “this voicemail box is full” on the other end of the phone line when trying to reach your member of Congress should not stop constituent voices from being heard. The U.S Congress has been facing this problem for a long time now, causing not only a challenge in community engagement, but also Congressional staff endless headaches. What if the solution was the use of a new serverless application? Article One is doing just that.

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Assess Your Own Cloud Readiness: Create a Detailed Roadmap for Cloud Migration

The new online Cloud Readiness Assessment tool is a self-guided checklist to gauge your level of preparedness for a smooth transition to the cloud. Driven by the need for greater productivity and lower costs, organizations around the world are moving their workloads to the cloud. Pre-migration planning can be as important as the implementation work itself. A cloud readiness assessment can transform an organization’s rough idea of moving to the cloud into a detailed plan that explains how to make it happen and in what order events should occur.

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