Going into 2016, Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) was one of the top competitors to watch in the data center space. After all, AWS managed to further cement its lead in the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) space, according to Gartner (News - Alert), which placed AWS in the leader spot for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 for public IaaS. Days into the new year, and it’s clear that Amazon is keen to maintain its position with the launch of AWS in the Asia Pacific region.
In particular, Amazon opened new data centers for its cloud computing platform in Seoul, South Korea. As of Wednesday, companies in Korea and global enterprises with customers in Korea can leverage AWS’ infrastructure technology platform to enhance their business and run applications in the cloud.
While many customers in the country have been using the AWS Cloud from other AWS regions for some time, they can now securely store and process their data in AWS with single-digit millisecond latency.
“Customers continue to choose AWS as their infrastructure technology platform because we have a lot more functionality than any other cloud provider, a significantly larger partner and customer ecosystem built around AWS, and unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president for Amazon Web Services. “Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve new initiatives that could change their business and customer experience; we’re excited about delivering this to our customers today.”
At launch, the Seoul region features two “Availability Zones,” as Amazon puts it, with each zone including one or more geographically distinct data center. Each features redundant power, networking and connectivity for optimal reliability and uptime.
This launch brings the number of Availability Zones to 32 across 12 geographic regions around the world. Another four regions are expected to launch this year. These include China, India, Ohio and the United Kingdom.
Edited by Kyle Piscioniere