Amazon launches WorkSpaces, new government certifications and (finally) price cuts!

The AWS Summit is just kicking off and there’s already some news, though nothing too groundbreaking yet.

Amazon(s amzn) Web Services got another federal authorization to add to its quiver — a new U.S. Department of Defense approval. That means Amazon meets the DoD requirements, so more security-aware agencies can make use of AWS GovCloud and other regions. Amazon already earned its FedRAMP certification for other government work.

And WorkSpaces, the desktop virtualization service that Amazon announced in November, is now generally available — as is the new Virtual Private Cloud peering needed to make that desktop sharing possible.

SVP Andy Jassy is just starting his keynote, so there’s lots of anticipation in the room about when and if he will address yesterday’s massive price cuts by Google.

And here they are: Jassy announced a range of price cuts across key Amazon S3, EC2, and RDS services.


Amazon SVP Andy Jassy.

Amazon SVP Andy Jassy.


This post was updated a few times during Andy Jassy’s keynote.

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