Amazon Web Services heads Down Under with ninth regional office

James Stirling News
13 Nov, 2012

New facility will boost services for customers in Australia and New Zealand and drive uptake, IaaS giant claims

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) has increased its global footprint once more, with the opening of a new Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region office.

This is the ninth region in which the company has deployed its global cloud computing platform and the third in Asia Pacific, after Singapore and Tokyo.

The new region consists of two separately located datacentres, known as Availability Zones, which have been engineered to run independently of eachother, with independent power, cooling and physical security.

They are connected via a low latency network and customers focused on running high availability applications can design their offerings to run in multiple Availability Zones to reduce the risk of downtime.

The new region will service companies based in Australasia, as well as global companies with customers in region, giving them access to a local AWS infrastructure platform to run applications in the cloud.

Andy Jassy, senior vice president of AWS, said: “Over 10,000 customers in Australia and New Zealand are already using AWS, and this is before opening our new AWS Region.

“With the ability to achieve single-digit millisecond latency to end users in Sydney, store data locally in Australia, and get to market more quickly and inexpensively by using AWS’s unmatched infrastructure technology platform, we expect the launch of AWS’s Sydney Region to further increase the amount of Australian and New Zealand customers leveraging AWS,” Jassy added.

AWS added it will also be adding local technical support in early 2013, as part of its global network of support centre operations.

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