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AWS Public Sector Partners Forum: 7 Top Announcements

‘We are growing fast,’ says Sandy Carter, Amazon Web Services’ vice president of global public sector partners and programs. ‘There’s a lot of energy and a lot of momentum around the public sector partner community for AWS.’

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VMware Cloud On AWS 

VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (United States) has earned FedRAMP ATO at the High Impact level.

VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand, hybrid cloud service that enables enterprises to run applications across VMware vSphere-based cloud environments with broad access to AWS services. It’s powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and integrates vSphere, VMware vSAN, NSX and vCenter management. It’s optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. VMware and AWS jointly engineer and sell the service.

The authorization allows U.S. public sector agencies to migrate and more quickly modernize their VMware vSphere workloads with VMware Cloud and AWS GovCloud (US). The U.S. Marshals Service, which served as the FedRAMP ATO sponsor, is among federal agencies using VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud for its multi-cloud strategy.

“Our SIs that are selling into DOD (U.S. Department of Defense) can now offer VMware Cloud,” Carter said. “ISVs who are doing backup and recovery can now count on (AWS) GovCloud and FedRAMP in their areas, and distributors and resellers -- which VMware Cloud on AWS uses a lot of -- have a new market segment open to them that previously wasn’t available without this FedRAMP High authorization.”

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware leveraged the Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS Program to achieve the FedRAMP authorization.

“For our partners overall, getting those authority to operate (designations) -- whether it’s in healthcare, financial services, energy; something that a government has, like IRAP or PROTECTED B or even FedRAMP here in the U.S. -- is hard, and it’s costly,” Carter said. “Our ATO program is really built to ensure that we help accelerate time to market and reduce the cost.”

AWS connected VMware with AWS Advanced Consulting Partner Coalfire, a Westminster, Colo.-based cybersecurity company and ATO on AWS partner, to help it through the process.

“They were able to support them with the audit, and our own ATO program provided solution architects to automate and engineer some of the workloads,” Carter said.”

The ATO on AWS Program ranked as the number one public sector partner program in AWS’ survey of public sector partners in late 2020.

 
 
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