AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

Best Practices to Accelerate Cloud Adoption and Migration in the Public Sector

Public sector customers work on transformative and high-impact projects, but each organization is unique. Although their geography, mission, or size varies widely, their big thinking about how the cloud can improve or modernize services is a constant. From state and local GIS departments storing and analyzing spatial data in AWS to universities developing cloud capabilities to meet the needs of students on campus, our customers are realizing the benefits of the AWS Cloud. Learn from some of the cloud pioneers here.

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The Italian National Institute of Astrophysics Explores the Universe with the Cloud

The National Institute for Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica or INAF) is an Italian institution that conducts scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics. INAF research ranges from the study of the planets and minor bodies of the solar system to the large-scale structure of the Universe. Recently, INAF has been involved in two large projects where they turned to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud: the ESO Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).

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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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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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