AWS Bulks Up European Presence With London Cloud Region Launch
This article first appeared on Data-Economy.com
UK data centres come online for the first time, eight months after Brexit referendum sparked industry fears over tech giants investing in the country.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the launch of the AWS Europe (London) Region allowing UK customers to store their data within the country’s borders.
The AWS Europe (London) Region is AWS’s third European Region, joining existing regions in Ireland and Germany.
Over one hundred thousand UK-based customers already use existing AWS Regions and starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations, can leverage the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure in the UK.
Karen Bradley, UK Secretary of State of Culture Media and Sport, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the opening of the UK Amazon Web Services Region, which is a strong endorsement of our approach to the digital economy.
“The new AWS Region shows a clear confidence in the UK being open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to invest in and grow.”
With this launch, AWS now provides 42 Availability Zones across 16 technology infrastructure regions globally with another five Availability Zones and two regions in France and China expected to come online in the coming months.
Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS, said: “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.
“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.”
Commenting on the news, Tony Connor, Head of EMEA Marketing for Datapipe, said: “The opening of Amazon’s new AWS Europe (London) Region is positive news for all businesses using the AWS Cloud in the UK.
“It comes at a time of uncertainty, with Brexit weighing on many businesses’ mind and GDPR on the horizon, having a local data centre for AWS customers means that any concerns about data sovereignty can be mitigated by storing data in the country.
“Amazon’s investment is testament to the strength of the digital economy in the UK. “
Aingaran Pillai, CEO at data consultancy company Zaizi said the opening of the London Region “is fantastic news for UK businesses and government departments”.
He said: “As UK government undertakes digital transformation and needs to increase productivity and efficiency in the current Brexit world, data is key. Having cost effective, scalable, secure infrastructure to collect, aggregate and become truly data driven is key.
“AWS provides secure and scalable Data-as-a-Service platforms, that enables highly efficient processing and management of data. This is extremely beneficial, in particular for government departments, which, on top of dealing with large hoards of legacy data, also need to abide by strict security and data protection regulations.
“In an age where data reigns supreme, organisations across the UK need as much support as possible – AWS has taken the lead in providing a platform, that will change the face of data management for the better.”