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Setting Up Amazon Route 53 with Your AWS GovCloud (US) Resources

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service. It is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost-effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.168.0.1 that computers use to connect to each other.

Amazon Route 53's DNS implementation connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS), such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Elastic Load Balancing balancer, an Amazon CloudFront distribution, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket.

Amazon Route 53 can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS or to resources in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region.

To use Amazon Route 53 with your AWS GovCloud (US) resources, you must have an AWS GovCloud (US) account. If you don't have an account, see Signing Up for AWS GovCloud (US) for more information.

To set up Amazon Route 53, go to the Amazon Route 53 console by using your standard AWS credentials. You cannot use your AWS GovCloud (US) account credentials to sign in to the standard AWS Management Console.

As you set up Amazon Route 53 to serve your AWS GovCloud (US) content, keep the following in mind:

  • You must log in to the Amazon Route 53 console using your standard AWS credentials. Do not use your AWS GovCloud (US) credentials.

  • You will set up Amazon Route 53 to route end users to your AWS GovCloud (US) resources.

  • Amazon Route 53 is not within the AWS GovCloud (US) Region so Amazon Route 53 is not within the ITAR boundary. Amazon Route 53 domain names, subdomain names, hostnames, aliases, cnames, and other record data fields are not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data.

  • You can't directly associate a commercial Amazon Route 53 hosted zone with an AWS GovCloud (US) account.

  • For detailed information about Amazon Route 53, see the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.