AWS launches UK location

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Neal Romanek
December 14th 2016 at 9:47AM : By Neal Romanek

The new AWS Europe (London) Region will be the third operational region in Europe

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching in the UK with AWS Europe (London) Region. The AWS Europe (London) Region is AWS's third European Region, joining existing regions in Ireland and Germany. Two more regions, in France and China, are expected to come online in 2017.

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in distinct geographic locations separated by enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event affecting availability, but are close enough to each other for business continuity applications that require rapid failover.

The AWS Europe (London) Region will offer two Availability Zones at launch. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling and physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. AWS customers with needs for high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides multiple Amazon CloudFront edge locations in the UK for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to UK end users with low latency. These locations are part of AWS’s existing network of 68 edge sites across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

UK-based AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners has welcomed the arrival of the AWS Europe (London) Region. The APN includes tens of thousands of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators around the world. APN Partners build services on AWS, and the APN helps by providing those entities with business, technical and marketing support. APN IT systems integrators such as Attenda, Accenture, Capgemini, Claranet, CloudReach, Deloitte, Kainos, KCOM, KPMG, and Rackspace help enterprise and public sector customers migrate to AWS, deploy applications, and provide a range of services for AWS environments. AWS ISVs including Alces Flight, Matillion, MicroStrategy, Sage, Software AG, Splunk, Tibco, and Zerolight, will serve their UK customers from the AWS Europe (London) Region. 

“Our customers and APN Partners asked us to build an AWS Region in the UK, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure locally,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “For the past decade, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in the UK choosing to build their businesses on the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for even more innovative cloud initiatives from the UK that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”

Karen Bradley, UK Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, said, “I’m delighted to welcome the opening of the UK Amazon Web Services Region, which is a strong endorsement of our approach to the digital economy. The new AWS Region shows a clear confidence in the UK being open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to invest in and grow.”

All AWS infrastructure regions around the world are designed, built, and regularly audited to meet rigorous compliance standards and provide high levels of security. These include ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more. AWS is also certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield, and the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA) has been approved by the Article 29 Working Party, which means customers can transfer personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and comply with EU data protection laws.

The AWS Europe (London) Region has also achieved the UK’s Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which means AWS has implemented the necessary security controls to protect against cyber risks. AWS also provides customers with guidance on how to build applications that align with the National Cyber Security Centre’s UK Cloud Security Principles and the National Health Service (NHS) Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IGSoC) process. 

AWS also supports the upskilling of customers, offering a full range of training and certification to help customers interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, best practices, and architectures to advance their technical skills. Additionally, the AWS Educate program promotes cloud learning in the classroom and has been adopted by more than 500 institutions worldwide. The program helps provide an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals. The AWS Activate program provides UK-based startups with resources to quickly get started on AWS and scale their businesses. AWS has teamed with accelerators, incubators, seed and venture capital funds, including SeedCamp, Techstars, Ignite100, and DotForge to provide a range of services, including training, AWS credits, capital, in-person technical support, and other benefits.

Developers and businesses can access the AWS Europe (London) Region beginning today. A full list of services and details on pricing is available here