Amazon Web services (AWS) has announced they will be launching new data centers in its Asia Pacific (Seoul) Region in early 2016, the company’s fifth cloud infrastructure region in Asia Pacific (APAC). The Seoul Region will consist of two AWS Availability Zones at launch. Each of the Availability Zone includes one or more distinct geographically distinct data centers, each with its own redundant power; all the data centers can be seen in the map above.
Already, many Korean customers have been using the AWS Cloud from other regions that provide an AWS Regions for several years. However, now the Korea-based developers and companies, and the launch of the Seoul Region, as well as some multinational companies with Korean users, can “securely” store and process their data in AWS in Korea. They can now do it with “single-digit millisecond” latency across the majority of Korea.
Every AWS Availability Zone is designed to be resistant to any problems that might be faced in another Availability Zone, and this enables customers to operate production applications and databases that are more available and scalable than a single data center.
Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services (AWS), said:
“Customers continue to choose AWS Cloud 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. Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS Cloud infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve new initiatives that could change their businesses and customer experience; we’re excited about delivering this to our customers today.”
Now that this launch has gone through, the AWS Cloud can be accessed from 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic areas; there are also another four AWS Regions (and nine Availability Zones) in China, India, Ohio and the United Kingdom to become available soon.
Since its inauguration in 2006, AWS has changed the way the organizations make use of technology infrastructure. It has more than 1 million customers worldwide and over 50 services for compute, storage, databases, analytic and mobile applications, AWS has become the new normal for many businesses of all sizes to deploy their applications.
As well as opening a data center into this new region, AWS has also been working in the communities in Korea to build a vibrant local cloud technology industry. They set up the AWS Partner Network (APN) in Korea, which includes organizations such as Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (Sis) who are making new developments around the AWS Cloud.
AWS is also delivering its AWS Education Program to further cloud learning in the classroom with eight Korean universities, such as Seoul University and Yonsei University. This was launched in 2015, and so far over 1, 000 Korean students have participated in AWS-related classes and charity learning programs.
All these programs and the latest data centers opening in Korea are the most recent development in Amazon’s expansion into the provision of web services. Amazon Web Services have been providing a cloud platform for over ten years; AWS are also trusted by enterprises, government agencies and some of the fastest growing startups.
This newest expansion into Korea marks AWS developing further in this market, and also shows that there is a lot of new potential for the cloud in Korea.