Last week Brocade launched a new solution for Amazon's new AWS GovCloud Region designed to help U.S. government agencies and contractors move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. Called the Vyatta vRouter, it's a virtual router which provides a stateful firewall, an IPsec- and SSL-based scalable VPN that extends the number of concurrent VPN tunnels offered by AWS, and advanced routing features.
According to Amazon, AWS GovCloud is an AWS Region in the United States designed to allow U.S. government agencies, contractors and customers to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements. It's located in the Northwestern region, and is separate from the US-East Region used by government agencies on the east coast. Amazon plans to expand AWS GovCloud to other U.S. locations in the near future.
"Adhering to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), AWS GovCloud is designed to simplify the management and movement of approved sensitive workloads for the federal sector," Brocade explained. "Additionally, AWS GovCloud supports the Cloud First Initiative and Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), both of which are focused on the reduction of capital expenses related to federal IT."
That said, Brocade's new virtual router allows agencies and affiliates to build improved network topologies within this government-only Region in the cloud. It's provisioned as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI), and supposedly helps reduce capital costs because of its ability to be dynamically deployed on demand.
"The government's desire to think 'cloud first' is critical in reducing federal IT costs and AWS GovCloud should ease the transition, while maintaining the necessary security and compliance requirements demanded by the public sector," said Anthony Robbins, vice president of Federal at Brocade. "The Brocade Vyatta vRouter provides the ability for network architects to replicate current data center infrastructures in the cloud, as well as simplify the provisioning of hybrid cloud environments."
By using the new Vyatta vRouter, customers can securely connect AWS GovCloud to another public or private cloud, as well as provide a secure bridge to a data center. Brocade said it places more granular control in the hands of customers, allowing them to customize and control their cloud environments.
The Brocade Vyatta vRouter is available in AWS GovCloud effective immediately. For more information about the Brocade Vyatta vRouter for AWS GovCloud, head here.
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