Amazon Web Services (AWS) has today announced that it has expanded its European region to include a London data centre.
It is the 16th region launched by AWS and its third in Europe, complementing its existing data centres in Dublin and Frankfurt.
On the back of Microsoft’s recent announcement about its new data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff, this means that users of AWS can also now be reassured that their data can stay within the United Kingdom for data sovereignty purposes.
However, just as with Azure, not all AWS services are yet available in the new London Region. You can check which services are available in London at the moment in the AWS Europe/Middle/Africa region table.
As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels says in his blog, “We are excited to offer a complete portfolio of services—from our foundational service stack for compute, storage, and networking to our more advanced solutions and applications. We look forward to broadening this portfolio to include more services over the next several quarters.”
Today’s news is a positive step for the many clients we work with who want to make use of public cloud technologies but have been restricted from doing so because of the security controls they have to operate under. Being able to keep data on the UK mainland will now give them the opportunity to take advantage of the elastic services offered by the AWS and Azure.
By MarcEsmiley, Director of Cloud Services, SystemsUp