Amazon Launches Government Cloud

GovCloud to meet regulatory requirements
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2011 9:49 AM CDT
Amazon Launches Government Cloud
Harry Reid watches a video on a laptop with campaign manager Brandon Hall in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

Need somewhere to communally draft a bill? To the cloud! Amazon yesterday launched a new version of its cloud service called “GovCloud,” which it says is “designed to allow US government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.”

Amazon boasts that more than 100 agencies at varying levels of government already use its cloud services, but GovCloud is intended to be more secure and compliant, Mashable reports. Amazon also says it envisions eventually expanding the service to other countries. It’s not alone in the arena though; Google and Microsoft both already offer cloud services that are up to federal standards. (Read more Amazon stories.)

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