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Amazon Launches New Cloud Region in the UK

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted December 14, 2016


Though the United Kingdom is currently on a path to exit the European Union (EU), it's still considered to be part of Europe, at least according to Amazon. On December 14, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the official availability of its new AWS Europe (London) Region, providing customers in the UK with a new option for cloud services.

AWS already has some big-name customers lined up to use the new region, including Aviva, BP, Financial AWSTimes, National Trust and the UK Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

The new AWS region in London will initially have two Availability Zones, providing users with resiliency and failover options. In AWS's terminology, a Region is defined as a geographic location, while an Availability Zone is infrastructure within a Region that has its own power, cooling and capacity.

The general idea is that AWS customers can run applications in multiple Availability Zones to help protect and mitigate the impact of a failure in a single zone.

AWS had previously only had two European Regions: one in Ireland and the other in Germany.

"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," Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, said in a statement.

"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,” Jassy continued.

The AWS Europe (London) Region is the second new AWS Region opened by Amazon this month. Last week AWS announced its first Region in Canada, with a location in Montreal, Quebec.

In October, Amazon announced a new US-East AWS region in Ohio. Existing AWS locations in the U.S. include US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon) and US West (N. California) regions.

Overall, around the world there are now 16 AWS technology infrastructure regions that provide a total of 42 availability zones. Looking forward to 2017, Amazon is planning on launching new regions in China and France with an additional five availability zones.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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