AWS Public Sector Blog

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). Learn more by registering for our webinar – Achieve High Resiliency, Availability, and Disaster Recovery for Sensitive Data and Regulated Systems in AWS GovCloud (US-West) and AWS GovCloud (US-East) Regions.

For US public sector and commercial customers in highly regulated industries, the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region offers customers a multi-region architecture enabling them to meet their disaster recovery and continuity of operations requirements. The new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region also adds to the existing AWS GovCloud (US) infrastructure already in place in the US, which includes three Availability Zones. Customers with compliance requirements can leverage both regions to reduce latency, fail over fast without hardware procurement, and meet a variety of recovery-time and recovery-point objectives for regulated systems.

Government agencies and the IT contractors that serve them were early adopters of AWS GovCloud (US). Below are some of the customers that enjoy the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the cloud while benefiting from the isolation and data protection offered by a region designed and built to meet their regulatory needs and to help them to meet their compliance requirements.

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs: “At the US Department of Veterans Affairs, we’ve seen firsthand the cost savings, flexibility, and ‘doorway to innovation’ that the cloud provides,” said Dave Catanoso, Director of Enterprise Cloud Solutions at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. “Through the agency’s use of commercial cloud, we’ve been able to provide a more streamlined experience for our nation’s Veterans, giving them faster, easier access to benefits, healthcare, and other essential services through  We’re excited to take advantage of the new AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region to continue optimizing that online experience.”
  • Raytheon Technologies: “Working with AWS has allowed us to unlock new opportunities and deliver more capability, services, and innovation to our global customers,” said John DeSimone, Vice President of Cybersecurity at Raytheon IIS. “With a new AWS GovCloud Region in the eastern part of the United States, we are able to leverage the security and flexibility that only AWS GovCloud provides to bring operational value for our mission partners with even lower latency.”
  • Indiana State Police Department: “The use of technology and data is becoming increasingly important to law enforcement,” said Major Mike White, Assistant Chief of Staff with the Indiana State Police Department. “With advancements, come the need for secure connectivity and storage without draining the budget. Storage for databases, reports, and video are part of today’s challenges for law enforcement technology managers. AWS is quickly becoming a go-to solution for technology needs that won’t break the bank.”

Get started with AWS GovCloud (US) today.