AWS opens Hong Kong knowledge heart area

Amazon Net Companies (AWS), the Amazon subsidiary that gives on-demand cloud computing platforms, apps, and providers to “hundreds of thousands” of consumers globally, immediately introduced an additional growth into China with the launch of a brand new knowledge heart area. As of this morning, the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Area is open for enterprise, bringing AWS’ whole variety of availability zones to 64 and its whole variety of geographic areas to 21.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Area is the eighth energetic AWS Area in Asia Pacific and mainland China, becoming a member of Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. It competes in opposition to choices from Google’s GCP (Google Cloud Platform), which launched in Hong Google final November, and Microsoft’s Azure, which has an East Asia area in Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong is globally acknowledged as a number one monetary tech hub and one of many prime locations the place startups construct their companies, so we’ve had many purchasers asking us for an AWS Area in Hong Kong to allow them to construct their companies on the world’s main cloud with the broadest and deepest characteristic set,” mentioned Amazon vp of world infrastructure and buyer help Peter DeSantis. “By offering an AWS Area in Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area, we hope this permits extra clients to be extra agile, innovate, and rework their end-users’ expertise for many years to come back.”

The AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Area includes three availability zones, or infrastructure in separate places shut sufficient to offer low latency for “high-availability” apps  Every has unbiased energy, cooling, and bodily safety, and is related through redundant networks.

“We’re delighted to see the official launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Area, and it comes at a time after we are embracing digital transformation and creating into a global innovation and expertise hub,” mentioned Nicholas W. Yang, secretary for innovation and expertise of the Hong Kong Particular Administrative Area. “Knowledge has change into a brand new forex of the digital economic system and a brand new gas for innovation. This infrastructure area is an integral part to foster expertise developments, permitting for better innovation and additional facilitating our digital transformation. The opening of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Area additionally enhances our main place as a knowledge hub and places Hong Kong in a powerful place to guide the following wave of innovation in data-related applied sciences.”

AWS’ launch in Hong Kong follows the 2008 debut of its first CloudFront Level of Presence (PoP) within the area, which enabled Asia Pacific clients to serve content material to geographically proximate customers with low latency. Within the intervening years, AWS added two further PoPs in Hong Kong, the newest of which went dwell in 2016 — the identical yr AWS launched the primary Direct Join location in Hong Kong and three years after it opened its first Hong Kong workplace.

Amazon says that clients in over 190 international locations actively use AWS, together with “lots of of hundreds” in Asia Pacific and “hundreds” in Hong Kong. Within the coming months, AWS intends to open 12 extra availability zones and 4 extra AWS areas in Bahrain, Cape City, Jakarta, and Milan.

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