Amazon AWS Control Tower, designed to make it easier for users to manage complex cloud environments with multiple accounts and a wide range of services, now has 65 new controls and rule sets aimed at managing digital sovereignty issues. The new controls, which the company announced in a blog post Monday during the week-long re:Invent conference, focus on allowing users to meet complex regulatory and security requirements in a more programmatic way, adding features such as the ability to specify specific Instance Types Nitro for individual EC2 hosts and implementing advanced key management strategies for broader encryption.
Amazon AWS Control Tower, designed to make it easier for users to manage complex cloud environments with multiple accounts and services, now has 65 new controllers and rules to manage cloud computing issues. The new controls, which the company announced Monday in a blog post at its weekly conference call, are aimed at allowing users to meet regulatory and security requirements. Nitro types for individual EC2 hosts and implement advanced key management strategies for broader encryption.
This week’s release is the latest step in Amazon’s effort to deliver on the “AWS digital sovereignty promise” it made a year ago: The company promised last November that it would provide “all of the most advanced sovereignty and control features available in the cloud.” Nitro Systems’ hypervisor, which underpins the latest EC2 instances, is a central part of this effort, but other parts of Amazon’s vast cloud empire have also received updates.
“We launched AWS Dedicated Local Zones, a piece of infrastructure that is fully managed by AWS and built for exclusive use by a customer or community and placed in a customer-specified location or data center,” the company’s blog post read. “And more recently, we announced the construction of a new independent sovereign Region in Europe.”
The pace of compliance and the growing and increasingly complex security requirements are key drivers of Amazon’s data sovereignty initiative. Certain industries, such as utilities, heavy industry, aerospace, and healthcare, tend to have strict requirements for controlling sensitive data, making it difficult to get the most out of cloud technology. In addition, many different jurisdictions, such as the EU and the US, have rapidly evolving legal regimes that businesses must comply with.
“Many customers have told us they are concerned that they will have to choose between the full power of AWS and a feature-limited sovereign cloud solution that could hamper their ability to innovate, transform, and grow,” Amazon said.