AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide
AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide

Amazon EBS

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) provides block level storage volumes for use with EC2 instances. EBS volumes are highly available and reliable storage volumes that can be attached to any running instance that is in the same Availability Zone. EBS volumes that are attached to an EC2 instance are exposed as storage volumes that persist independently from the life of the instance. With Amazon EBS, you pay only for what you use.

The following list details the differences for using this service in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions compared to other AWS Regions:

  • The copy snapshot commands can be used, but only allow you to copy snapshots available to your account within AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. If you specify a source or destination region to copy to or from, the commands will return an error.

  • Use SSL (HTTPS) when you make calls to the service in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. In other AWS Regions, you can use HTTP or HTTPS.

For more information about Amazon EBS, see Amazon Elastic Block Store in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

ITAR Boundary

AWS GovCloud (US) has an ITAR boundary, which defines where customers are allowed to store ITAR-controlled data for this service in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. To maintain ITAR compliance, you must place ITAR-controlled data on the applicable part of the ITAR boundary. If you do not have any ITAR-controlled data in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, this section does not apply to you. The following information identifies the ITAR boundary for this service:

ITAR-Regulated Data Permitted ITAR-Regulated Data Not Permitted
  • All data entered, stored, and processed in Amazon EBS volumes can contain ITAR-regulated data

  • Amazon EBS metadata is not permitted to contain ITAR-regulated data. This metadata includes all configuration data that you enter when creating and maintaining your Amazon EBS volumes.

  • Do not enter ITAR-regulated data in the following fields:

    • Volume names

    • Snapshot names

    • Image names

    • Image descriptions

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