Start your cloud journey with AWS

Whether your organization serves a community of hundreds or millions, Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help you manage IT costs, enhance data security, and modernize with the power of cloud computing.

What can AWS do for my organization?

Public sector organizations around the world face unique challenges in accomplishing complex missions with limited resources. Cloud computing offers cost savings, reduced security risks, and improved operational efficiency, allowing public sector organizations to invest time and resources back into their core missions. Starting your organization's cloud computing journey on AWS has never been easier.

An introduction to cloud basics for the public sector.

How do public sector organizations usually start their cloud journey?

Public sector organizations often start their IT modernization journey with AWS by launching one of these foundational first cloud workloads.


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Access reliable, scalable, and secure storage services that are highly-durable and cost-effective. For more information, see this step-by-step tutorial for getting started with Amazon S3.

Website Hosting

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AWS offers affordable cloud web hosting solutions customized for your organization. With a wide range of flexible and scalable website hosting options, we'll help you find the one that’s right for you. Learn more about web hosting services on AWS.

Backup/Disaster Recovery

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Meet your organization’s access retrieval and data compliance needs with AWS as part of your organization’s disaster recovery strategy. Learn more about backup and disaster recovery with AWS.

Contact Center

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Contact Center Modernization solutions on AWS help you establish an easy-to-use, omnichannel cloud contact center, so your organization can provide superior services to the communities you serve at a lower cost. Learn more about virtual contact centers with AWS. 


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With AWS cloud infrastructure and our broad set of security services, you can integrate powerful security technology and control across your organization. Learn more about security, identity, and compliance on AWS.

Virtual Desktops

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End-user computing (EUC) is a combination of technologies, policies, and processes that gives your employees secure and remote access to applications, desktops, and data they need to serve your community. Learn more about AppStream, Workspaces, and other end user computing (EUC) services on AWS.

Ready to get started?

Step 1: Set up your account

It only takes 10 minutes to set up your first account and doesn't require advanced technical expertise. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to get started.

Need to set up your account for invoicing? Contact our public sector sales team to help complete your account set up.

Step 2: Secure your account

Watch an AWS Public Sector Solutions Architect explain best practices for securing your AWS account and its resources.

For further assistance, see these step-by-step instructions for securing your AWS account, enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA), and using AWS GuardDuty security threat detection service. Contact AWS Public Sector for additional help.

Step 2 video.

Step 3: Explore the AWS Management Console

Join an AWS Public Sector Solutions Architect for a tour of the AWS Management Console, the central tool for managing your organization’s AWS cloud services.

For further assistance, see these step-by-step instructions for navigating the AWS Management Console. Contact AWS Public Sector for additional help.

Step 3 video.

Step 4: Enable cost controls for your account

AWS offers you a pay-as-you-go approach for pricing for the vast majority of our cloud services. With AWS, you pay only for the individual services you need, for as long as you use them, and without requiring long-term contracts or complex licensing. AWS pricing is similar to how you pay for utilities like water and electricity. You only pay for the services you consume, and once you stop using them, there are no additional costs or termination fees.

Because you pay for AWS services as you use them, it’s important to set up cost controls in your AWS account. You can use AWS Budgets to track and take action on your AWS costs and usage.

For further assistance, see these step-by-step instructions for controlling AWS costs with AWS Budgets and using AWS Billing and Cost Management services. Contact AWS Public Sector for additional help.

Step 4 video.

Explore first cloud workloads

Join the AWS Public Sector Solutions Architects team for an introduction to building and launching a common first cloud workload with AWS.


Step-by-step tutorial for getting started with Amazon S3

Backup/Disaster Recovery

Website Hosting

Learn more about web hosting services on AWS

Contact Center

How can I use AWS Budgets to track my spending and usage?

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How to use AWS Budgets to track your spending and usage.

Take the next step

There are several ways to get started with AWS. Contact our experts for customized guidance to start your AWS Cloud journey.

Public Sector Success Stories

Learn how public sector organizations across the country use AWS to manage IT costs, enhance data security, and grow with the power of cloud computing.

How Rockdale County improved operations and security with the cloud

With cyberattacks on the rise, so too are stories about government agencies and departments that have been victims. Rockdale County, Georgia, is one of them. The jurisdiction experienced two cybersecurity incidents that led Jamie Cabe, the county’s chief of staff, to work with AWS Partner Tyler Technologies, Inc. to use the cloud to make adjustments to strengthen the county’s security position. Migrating to the cloud not only enhanced data security and continuity of operations, but it also reduced network downtime by 99 percent, while streamlining budgeting and reducing the IT staff’s burden. 

How Livingston Parish prepares for natural disasters by improving resiliency in the cloud

Natural disasters are devastating, often resulting in loss of life and massive property damage. They can also damage the critical infrastructure that powers emergency services, prompting public sector organizations to consider building more resilient infrastructure. Such was the case for the 911 system in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, an agency that dispatches for 21 public safety agencies, including law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, and averages over 325 calls for service per day. After a major flood in 2016 knocked out their 911 system, they decided to use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to become resilient against disaster, reducing service interruptions and improving response times.

How Hartnell College Leveraged Cyberattack Recovery to Modernize IT Infrastructure with AWS

After a cyberattack disabled Hartnell College’s entire IT infrastructure, AWS Partner, Ferrilli, helped the institution get back online in a few days with a new cloud-based infrastructure built on AWS. The scalable, flexible, and stable infrastructure can grow with Hartnell College’s needs for the future. 

Fife School Districts Use Amazon AppStream 2.0 to Provide Equitable Access

Fife Public Schools provides a device for every kid in the district. But like many schools with 1:1 programs, they ran into challenges when trying to provide specialty software programs to students that were only accessible via computer labs during school hours. To fill the void, Fife School District implemented Amazon AppStream 2.0, allowing students to access specialty software on their devices via a browser.  

Explore the AWS Partner Network

Accelerate your organization’s journey to the cloud by working with an AWS Partner.

Find AWS Partners and solutions

Find and connect with AWS Partners in your area—search by use case, workload, or public sector specializations like Government or Education.

Explore the AWS Partner Solutions Finder.

Discover AWS Marketplace products

Discover, deploy, and manage software that runs on AWS from thousands of partners in AWS Marketplace, offering flexible pricing, control, and governance.

Find AWS Marketplace products.

Learn about the AWS Marketplace Cooperative Contract via OMNIA Partners.

No-Cost Resources for Public Sector Organizations

AWS Skill Builder

Get started on cloud training with content built by AWS experts. 

AWS Public Sector Events and Webinars

Connect with AWS at events designed for organizations like yours.

Visit AWS Skills Centers virtually or in-person in Seattle, WA or Arlington, VA.

Find the latest AWS resources on the topics that matter most in the public sector.