According to IDG New Service, “Users of Amazon Web Services’ GovCloud can now take advantage of CloudFormation, which aims to make it easier to manage more complex environments.”
GovCloud is an isolated section of Amazon’s hosted environment that is designed to allow U.S. government agencies and customers to move workloads into the cloud. GovCloud addresses their specific regulatory and compliance requirements, and removes the objections that most government agencies have when it comes to leveraging a cloud-based resource.
“CloudFormation is one of Amazon’s answers and the goal is to give developers and systems administrators a way to create and manage a collection of related resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion using templates. Thanks to CloudFormation, they don’t have to figure out the order in which different services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work, according to Amazon.”
As AWS moves more into the government space, more features that reside in AWS’s commercial public cloud service will find their way into GovCloud. This is just one of many.