Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS) will be opening a new office in Fairfax County, Virginia to handle an anticipated boost in demand for its cloud services from federal agencies.
As part of the expansion, AWS will be adding 500 new high-paying jobs to support IT engineering and services for commercial and government customers.
This announcement comes a day after Amazon announced that its government cloud computing service AWS GovCloud had received an Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) from HHS under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements.
What this means is that all federal agencies can now move forward quickly with evaluating and authorizing use of AWS for their applications.
Teresa Carlson, vice president of Worldwide Public Sector, AWS, said that more than 300 government agencies already use AWS services. She said that the FedRAMP compliance would now allow government agencies to use a streamlined process from AWS when moving their applications to the cloud.
Carlson added that they looked forward to employing another 500 Virginians, and also noted that they appreciated the local and state support that made this investment possible.
Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), said that AWS was the perfect example of the kind of company that can take full advantage of Fairfax County’s tech community and skilled workforce.
In order to secure the project, FCEDA worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), and got the company approved for a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide AWS with support and funding for recruitment and workforce training.
The county has additionally agreed to spend a matching amount for infrastructure improvements for the new AWS office in the Herndon area.
Amazon Web Services, Inc., was launched in 2006 as an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN) offering a low-cost and scalable infrastructure platform on the cloud. Today, they offer more than 30 different services with data centers in the U.S., Europe and four other countries.