Cloud Giant AWS Now Offers Services from UK Data Centres
15 December 2016
Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering services from data centres in the United Kingdom. Part of the Amazon Group of companies, AWS has global headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States and European headquarters (AWS Europe) in London, United Kingdom. The company is by far the leading provider of cloud services with products and services such cloud compute, storage, database, analytics, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT) options. By establishing the new AWS Europe (London) Region the company is “enabling customers to run applications and store data in the UK at low latency”.
AWS has one hundred thousand UK customers including major names like BP, Cancer Research UK, Channel 4, Civitas Learning, and UK government body, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). AWS Europe (London) Region is the company’s third European region (alongside Germany and Ireland). Each AWS region is made up of ‘Availability Zones’ which provide infrastructure in specific geographical locations which help to protect against events disrupting AWS availability. Each Availability Zone has “independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks”. AWS has a network of “42 Availability Zones across 16 technology infrastructure regions globally”. Regions in France and China are also in the pipeline.
“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,” explained AWS’ CEO, Andy Jassy. “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.”
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