Oh, Canada: Amazon Web Services prepping new region in Québec this year

AWS is also planning a region in Ohio, also scheduled to launch in 2016.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor

Amazon Web Services is mapping out a new region in Canada this year.

Plotted to be based around Montreal, Quebec, the newly named Canada-Montreal region expands coverage from other North American locations in the United States: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US).

AWS also has a few other developments around the globe in the works this year, including regions in Ohio, China, India and the United Kingdom.

A wind farm will also be going up in Ohio, code named Amazon Wind Farm US Central, and is scheduled to launch operations in May 2017.

Worldwide, the AWS Cloud operates 32 availability zones across 12 geographic regions around the world, with 11 more availability zones and five more regions coming online over the next year.

Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, said in a bilingual (English and French) blog post on Wednesday that the new region will be open to both new and existing AWS customers who would like to process and store data in Canada.

"This region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power," Barr noted.

Last week, AWS kicked off the year by announcing it would be launching services for its fifth Asia-Pacific region in Seoul, South Korea, with two availability zones each hosting one or more data centers intended for running low-latency and scalable applications in a more fault-tolerant environment.

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