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AWS expands datacentre footprint in Apac

Cloud services giant is opening new datacentres in Seoul in response to Korean customer demands

Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) global expansion is continuing apace, having confirmed the opening of further datacentres in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region for its Korean customers.

The Seoul region is the fifth the cloud services giant has opened in the Apac area, with its Korean customer base set to be the main beneficiaries of its opening.

“Korean-based customers have been using the AWS cloud from other AWS regions for several years,” the company said in a statement.

“With the launch of the Seoul region, Korean-based developers and companies, as well as multi-national companies with users in Korea, can securely store and process their data in AWS with single-digit millisecond latency across most of Korea.”

The launch means the company’s portfolio of cloud services are being served up from 32 availability zones, scattered within 12 geographic regions worldwide.

It has also set out plans to open datacentres in China, India, Ohio and the UK in the coming year.

In AWS terminology, “availability zone” is the phrase used to describe an area containing one or more geographically distinct datacentres.

Andy Jassy, senior vice-president of AWS, said the decision to expand its operations in the Apac region was prompted by the growing demand from customers for its services.

“Customers continue to choose AWS as their infrastructure technology platform because we have a lot more functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem built around AWS, and unmatched maturity, security and performance,” he said.

“Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve initiatives that could change their business and customer experience.”

The news follows on from several other announcements the firm has made recently around the pricing and availability of its products.

On 5 January 2016, AWS announced a 5% cut in the price of its EC2 Linux-running C4, M4 and R3 instances in several regions, including Europe. On 4 January 2015, it confirmed that its Office 365 challenger, Amazon WorkMail, has gone on general release. 

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