AWS Unveils New Datacenter Region Plan

Hong Kong. AWS is all set to extend its reach in Asia Pacific, with Amazon just having announced its plans for what will be the eighth Region in the key and rapidly growing market.

This new datacenter region will go live next year.

AWS already enjoys a very a strong presence in Asia Pacific, with Regions in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Seoul and Mumbai, and another Region in China, over at Ningxia, due to launch in the coming months.

The announcement from Jeff Barr, the chief evangelist at AWS:

“Together, these Regions will provide our customers with a total of 19 Availability Zones and allow them to architect highly fault-tolerant applications. Public sector organizations such as government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofits in Hong Kong will be able to use this Region to store sensitive data locally.”

Good stuff.

Amazon Web Services has built its cloud infrastructure on this concept of Regions and Availability Zones, with the former being a geographical area served by a number of datacenters, while the latter consisting of one or more datacenters, each with redundant power, networking and connectivity.

Availability Zones are connected to each other with private fiber optic networking, meaning customers get the ability to architect their applications to automatically fail over between zones without interruption.

AWS currently has 43 Availability Zones spread across 16 geographic regions.

The cloud giant is adding another 3 Regions and 8 Availability Zones in France, China and Sweden, and these are on track for a 2018 launch.