Amazon Web Services, the retailer’s cloud storage unit announced Monday that it is launching a new cloud service called the Amazon Web Services Secret Region for the workloads of the U.S. intelligence community.
The AWS has designed the new service to handle the secret level’s classified information for U.S. spy agencies.
The service will be provided to the intelligence community through an existing $600 million contract the CIA and other agencies for running Top Secrets workloads on its cloud. This contract made the Amazon a dominant player in federal IT contracting.
Vice president of Amazon Web Services, Teresa Carlson said that the new service will help the U.S. Intelligence Community to execute their missions with a common set of tools, a frequent running technology the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission.
Carlson said in a statement, “The AWS Top Secret Region has launched three years ago as the first air-gapped commercial cloud and customers across the U.S. Intelligence Community have made it a resounding success. Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation’s Security.”
Microsoft made a similar announcement several months ago. It declared that its Microsoft’s Government Cloud will also run workloads With Azure Government Secret for agencies and their partners who are working with secret level’s classified information
The AWS’s original Top Secret cloud which it operates for the intelligence community was limited to intelligence agencies, but this new Secret Region service is open for all government agencies.