Cloud 101 for the Public Sector

Getting started with AWS for Government, Education, Nonprofits, and Healthcare

Cloud computing enables public sector organizations to focus on their missions, not their IT infrastructure. The AWS Cloud provides a broad set of infrastructure services, such as computing power, storage options, networking, and databases, delivered on-demand and available in seconds with pay-as-you-go pricing. How should you get started? Whether you’re a large agency or a small organization, learn how to start your cloud journey.

Back to Basics: Cloud 101 for the Public Sector

Build your foundation

  • Main Solution Areas
  • Security and IAM
  • Agility
  • Cost
  • Main Solution Areas
  • AWS WHITEPAPER


    Get familiar with the services that make up key solution areas like storage, database, compute, big data analytics, and more.

    CASE STUDY


    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) allows you to use your data to derive insights, at scale. See how the United Kingdom’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency uses the AWS Cloud to analyze data and identify areas for improvement.

    WEBINAR


    Storage is one of the fundamental solution areas of the AWS Cloud. Watch this webinar to learn about the different storage services AWS offers and see how educational institutions use storage services to replace their data centers, store and share files, and more.

    WEBINAR


    Learn about the different AWS Cloud database options and discover which one best fits your organization’s needs.

  • Security and IAM
  • BLOG


    With AWS, you always own your data. Read this blog for best practices on securing that data in the AWS Cloud and get insights from security experts.

    WEBINAR


    AWS GovCloud (US) addresses the most stringent security requirements. What’s more, it isn’t just for government agencies—organizations across the public sector can take advantage of its security. These webinars share a “how-to” look at securing sensitive data and regulated workloads.

    BLOG


    See how your public sector organization can use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) with Amazon Identity Access Management (IAM) to meet your IT and data security requirements.

    WEBINAR


    Security is priority number one at AWS. What does that mean for a new AWS Cloud user? How does it translate to a regulated environment like healthcare, government, education, or financial services? Securing your AWS account is the first place to start.

  • Agility
  • BLOG


    How can the cloud help modernize your organization and help you achieve your mission faster? See what customers and industry experts have to say about what the agility of the AWS Cloud does for public sector entities.

    VIDEO


    When you’re serving students or citizens, downtime isn’t an option. By moving quickly to the AWS Cloud, Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain, innovates faster and helps its subsidiaries do the same.

    VIDEO


    More agility means fulfilling your mission faster. Moving to the AWS Cloud helped human services software company Northwoods quickly get their solutions into the hands of social services employees working with vulnerable families.

    BLOG


    Agencies of any size can move fast. The U.S. Navy migrated their largest enterprise resource planning system to the AWS Cloud 10 months ahead of schedule. Now, they can more quickly achieve audit readiness and make informed, mission-critical decisions.

  • Cost
  • BLOG


    Since 2013, AWS customers have saved over $300M with our cost optimization tools—and you can, too. Get familiar with these services and learn best practices for managing your cloud spending.

    CASE STUDY


    Los Angeles County chose Amazon Connect in their search for an updated contact center. By eliminating the infrastructure and licensing costs of their former on-premises call center, they save 60 percent a year—money and resources they can now invest in the county’s future.

    CASE STUDY


    Jour de la Terre, a Canadian environmental nonprofit, became 15 percent more efficient and reduced the cost of running their IT infrastructure by approximately 20 percent by moving to the AWS Cloud.

    BLOG


    The savings that come with cloud computing go beyond hardware and service costs. The improvements on efficiency and innovation can save millions down the road. The Institute for Competitiveness found that a 10 percent increase in Italian companies’ cloud adoption could increase the average added value produced per employee by over €47,000 per year.

“[The cloud] has transformed our ability to build new capabilities and has transformed our ability to solve seemingly impossible intelligence problems.”

- John Edwards, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Take the next step

As you get started, identifying the right projects to migrate can be overwhelming. Start small. Identify the applications that aren’t as critical or strategic to your mission, and categorize them as legacy applications. Then, try a test environment for a new project or prepare for disaster recovery needs. Experiment with these first workloads below, assess your cloud adoption readiness, get familiar with the ins and outs of AWS, and get started.

First workloads

First Workload

Put the basics into practice with developing and testing code, disaster recovery and simplified backups, hosting websites and web applications, and running Microsoft workloads in AWS.

Training and Certifications

Training and Certifications

Get familiar with AWS services, migration planning, security fundamentals, and cost management strategies with Getting Started training resources.

Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART)

Cloud Adoption Readiness Tool (CART)

Assess your organization’s cloud migration readiness with a short quiz and set a path for cloud adoption success.

How to Buy

How to Buy

Discover the steps you need to take to migrate your public sector organization to the cloud—from design to implementation.