Patterns for Managing Multi-Tenant Cloud Environments

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When 18F started, deploying government services into a public cloud was still fairly uncommon. However, over the last two years nearly everything 18F has built for our agency partners has been deployed into Amazon Web Services (AWS), including our platform-as-a-service cloud.gov. Meanwhile, other federal agencies have also started using commercial public cloudssome at a large scale.

Over that time, as a result of the success of implementing the federal cloud-first strategy, 18F’s AWS account has grown in size and complexity. We need a new approach to ensure it remains manageable. In this post, we’ll describe our plan for evolving our existing cloud deployment based on modern DevOps principles and practices. Future blog posts will discuss how we are executing each part of our strategy.

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