Amazon Web Services puts down roots in Australia

Amazon Web Services puts down roots in Australia

Summary: Amazon has opened up a datacentre hub in Australia, ticking off another continent in the cloud company’s journey of global expansion.

TOPICS: Cloud, Amazon, Australia

Amazon has launched cloud services out of infrastructure in Australia as part of its global datacentre expansion, giving local customers an opportunity to make their applications more responsive by putting them closer to local users.

The move into the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region was announced by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a blog post on Monday. The cloud hub has two datacentres — availability zones — at its opening today and, as in other AWS regions, could expand in the future.

"With the ability to achieve single-digit millisecond latency to end-users in Sydney [and] store data locally in Australia... we expect the launch of AWS's Sydney Region to further increase the amount of Australian and New Zealand customers leveraging AWS," Andy Jassy, AWS's senior vice president, said in a statement.

"Over 10,000 customers in Australia and New Zealand are already using AWS, and this is before opening our AWS Region in Australia today," he added.

The opening means Amazon now has nine datacentre hubs across the world, with only the Middle East and Africa lacking a major AWS presence. The Australian operation supports the majority of Amazon's mainstay cloud services, including AWS Direct Connect, DynamoDB, EC2 and S3.

Additionally, the cloud provider said it plans to open a local technical support operation in Australia in 2013, though it did not say how many people it expects to employ there.

Some existing Australian customers include the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the City of Melbourne.

In the summer, I predicted Amazon's next expansion locations would be in Australia or Germany. Now that Australia has gone live, I still expect Amazon to get to Germany at some point.

In the meantime, there is a chance the company could invest capital on expanding existing datacentres — such as some of the other US hubs — rather than build wholly new facilities. Its major East Coast datacentre area in Virginia has had several failures recently, so there could be logic to bulking out the other areas as well. 

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Australia

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  • A couple of interesting points about Sydney's prices

    This is fantastic news for Australian tech companies. Here's a couple of interesting points we found about Sydney's prices:
    - EC2 prices are the same as Singapore and Europe (apart from Spot Instances obviously)
    - EBS prices are the same as Singapore except EBS Snapshots to S3, which are more expensive in Sydney
    - S3 prices are the same as Northern California
    - RDS prices are the same as Europe, Northern California and Singapore
    - Data transfer prices are cheaper than South America but are, on average, more expensive than Singapore and Tokyo. It's strange as some of the tiers are more expensive but some are identical or cheaper.

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  • Looks really cheaper than other Australian options

    While Amazon is not always as cheap as generally perceived, in Australia it seems they really stand out! If you compare cloud potions in Australia at;(r:(r:5)) AWS is virtually always at the top even with the on-deman pricing; barely OpSource can be compared. With reserved they just cannot be compared. Seems like providers in Australia will need to reevaluate their pricing.
  • Ooops

    Fantastic news, but.... ??? they forgot to tell you about the Patriot Act, and the Australian Privacy Act and details about transboder dataflows...
    Paul Waite
  • where is the data replicated to?

    That's quite important to know.
    • Between a/vs or trans-region

      Hey hubivedder
      Typically S3 replicates within its own AV zone but there are tools for having data replicate between multiple AVs (datacentres with separate electric & transit infrastructure). However it gets more complicated if you want to replicate between global regions. Furthermore Amazon doesn't disclose the specific locations of their DCs so knowing exactly where your data is stored can be tricky, though if you wack it in an Australian AV it will stay within Australian geography for purposes of the law.
      Thanks for commenting!
      Jack Clark
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