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Amazon Web Services launches Asia Pacific region for its Cloud Computing Platform
Posted on 29-Apr-2010 15:00. | Tags Filed under: News.

Amazon Web Services LLC has launched its first Asia Pacific Region infrastructure. Asia Pacific-based businesses or global businesses with customers based in Asia can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure web services to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud.

Prior to today, the AWS platform has been available from datacenters in the U.S. and Europe. The first AWS Asia Pacific Region is located in Singapore.

“One of the most frequent and resounding requests over the last year has been for AWS to launch an Asia Pacific presence. We’ve heard it from Asia Pacific companies already using AWS in our US datacenters; we’ve heard it from our U.S. and European customers wanting to better serve Asia Pacific end-users; and we’ve heard it loud and clear from Asia Pacific businesses who preferred to wait to leverage the AWS infrastructure platform until we had a datacenter presence in Asia,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services. “We look forward to helping Asia Pacific companies accelerate their time to market and spend their scarce engineering resources on what differentiates their business rather than on infrastructure.”

Many businesses and developers across Asia Pacific are already using AWS. For example, one of Asia's leading securities brokers Kim Eng is using AWS to host its trading application for the iPhone that will be launching soon. “By leveraging AWS' physical infrastructure in Asia, we are able to minimize latency for our KE Trade iPhone mobile trading app and the speed of our app will not be compromised if there are any sudden spikes in end user traffic. Going forward, Kim Eng intends to use AWS cloud computing infrastructure to help enhance our development capability and product innovation, to reinforce our position as a leading stockbroker in Asia,” said Ong Seng Gee, Executive Director, Kim Eng Securities.

Australia electronics design software provider Altium relies on AWS for providing infrastructure in many forms. “Switching all our customer-facing content delivery from Akamai to Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront has resulted in us paying less than one quarter of what we used to for the same level of service. Administration is easier and the customers are happy with the results,” said Altium Chief Information Officer Alan Perkins. “At times we have thousands of clients asking for 1.5GB files at the same time and AWS has delivered without a glitch. With the latest provisioning of AWS infrastructure out of APAC, Altium is now well poised to launch truly global services and ensure that we can fully take advantage of the opportunities we have in China.”

Developers and businesses can access AWS services from the new “Singapore” Availability Zones beginning today, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon CloudFront, Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS).

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