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AWS opens UK datacentre regions

AWS addressed demands for locally hosted clouds with new UK data centre region

Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of the AWS Europe (London) Region.

The launch means that the public cloud leader now provides 42 Availability Zones across 16 technology infrastructure regions globally.

The London Region is AWS’s third European Region, with existing regions in Ireland and Germany, but ahead of Brexit, data sovereignty concerns amongst British companies are growing.

“Starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in the UK,” AWS said in a statement.

Availability Zones refer to AWS’ infrastructure in separate geographic locations with ‘enough distance’ between them to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover.

The AWS Europe (London) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch.

“Our customers and APN Partners asked us to build an AWS Region in the UK, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure locally,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “For the past decade, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in the UK choosing to build their businesses on the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for even more innovative cloud initiatives from the UK that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.” 

Karen Bradley, UK Secretary of State of Culture Media and Sport commented: “I’m delighted to welcome the opening of the UK Amazon Web Services Region, which is a strong endorsement of our approach to the digital economy. The new AWS Region shows a clear confidence in the UK being open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to invest in and grow.”

Liam Maxwell, the UK Government’s National Technology Advisor, said: “We’re delighted that AWS is now live in the UK, and look forward to it being a strong part of the ongoing transformation of our digital economy and digital government.”



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