Amazon Web Services has brought its Direct Connect technology to the UK, which allows customers to establish a dedicated network connection between their datacentre and the local Amazon Web Services facility.
The announcement, made on Wednesday, means UK customers can connect to Amazon Web Services' EU West (Ireland) region via the Telecity Sovereign House datacentre in London at guaranteed port speeds of 1Gbps or 10Gbps. The company also announced new Direct Connect points from Equinix in Tokyo and Singapore and from Coresite One in Los Angeles.
"Using AWS Direct Connect, you can establish private connectivity between AWS and your datacenter, office, or colocation environment." Amazon said, "which in many cases can reduce your network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a more consistent network experience than internet-based connections.
Direct Connect is ideal for customers that want to move vast amounts of data in and out of the Amazon cloud at a more reliable rate than the public internet can provide, or ones that host applications in AWS that have real-time streaming data, Amazon said.
In the UK, customers can establish a direct connection to the Direct Connect datacentre themselves if they have the technical know-how, or pay transit providers like Abovenet, Global Telecom Technology, IX Reach, Level 3 Communications, Smart 421 or TelecityGroup to do it for them, Amazon said.
Further Direct Connect locations are planned in 2012. The service launched in August 2011 in America via an Equinix-operated datacentre in Virginia.