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AWS to open Nordic datacentre region in 2018

Cloud services giant outlines plans to open a datacentre region in Stockholm to offer Swedish cloud customers access to low latency network connections

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to ramp up its European presence in 2018, by opening a datacentre region in Sweden comprised of three availability zones.

The move will ensure the Amazon’s growing Nordic customer base can meet their data sovereignty requirements while taking advantage of lower latency network connections, said AWS CEO Andy Jassy.

Its Nordic customers include Swedish furniture giant IKEA, Volvo subsidiary WirelessCar and Nokia, among others.

“For over a decade, we’ve had a large number of Nordic customers building their businesses on AWS because we have much broader functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem, and unmatched maturity, reliability, security and performance,” said Jassy.

“An AWS region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS, and enjoy the cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio.”

Previously, AWS has served up its cloud services to its Nordic customers via a point of presence (PoP) in Stockholm, and already has offices in the city.

Mikael Damberg, minister for innovation and enterprise in Sweden, said the move marks a reinforcement of Amazon’s commitment to the Nordic region.

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“Their decision to establish a new region in our country is a recognition of Sweden’s competitive position within the European Union, with the highest levels of renewable energy, in the power grid, in the EU, as well as a world leading digital infrastructure and IT industry,” he said.

“The AWS investment in Sweden will strengthen our position in the global digital shift. For us, trade in a modern globalised economy is not only about goods, but also about services, sharing of knowledge and the free flow of data.”

The cloud services giant already operates 16 datacentre regions across the globe, containing a total of 42 availability zones, and plans to add to this figure in 2017 by opening further sites in France and China.

The company opened a UK region, more than a year after first announcing it, in December 2016.

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