Amazon Web Services adds UK region

New datacenter region will be Amazon's third in the European Union after Frankfurt and Dublin.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels speaking at the company's re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas. Image:

Amazon has revealed that it is opening a datacenter region in the UK, as part of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) worldwide cloud computing infrastructure.

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said the new region will open sometime next year at the earliest -- or possibly not until sometime in 2017.

The new datacenter region will be Amazon's third in the European Union after Frankfurt and Dublin.

According to Vogels, the advantages of a UK regional center include "even lower latency and strong data sovereignty to local users".

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A UK site would mean that customers' data would remain in the UK. The company is hoping this will make their services attractive for companies troubled by the recent Safe Harbor row over data sharing between Europe and the USA.

No details were given on where the datacenters to support the UK region will be based, although Vogel's post was entitled 'London Calling'.

This new region, Vogels said, "coupled with the existing AWS regions in Dublin and Frankfurt, will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, big data analysis, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and more".

As he pointed out, some of the "leading UK organizations" were among the earliest adopters of the cloud when Amazon "first started AWS back in 2006 and we continue to help them drive increased agility, lower IT costs, and easily scale globally".

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