Amazon has taken another step forward in their mission for public cloud world domination as they recently announced the launch of their UK region in a blog post by Jeff Barr.
“We have expanded the AWS footprint into the United Kingdom with a new Region in London, our third in Europe. AWS customers can use the new London Region to better serve end-users in the United Kingdom and can also use it to store data in the UK.”
Along with Frankfurt and Ireland, the Europe (London) unveiling marks AWS growth in the European region. A comprehensive selection of AWS services will be offered from the new region, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). With the presence of a new UK data center, local AWS end users can take advantage of the benefits that come with a proximity to the regional London infrastructure. Such advantages include reduced latency due to distance as well as the potential for adherence to company data sovereignty regulations.
Amazon EC2 is a web service that offers resizable compute capacity in the cloud. The “elastic” terminology refers to the ability to scale the environment as needed—deploying and terminating instances depending on usage. Amazon determines the charge by the hour, and thus you can strategically manage your expenses on EC2 as well.
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides developers storage to enable easier web-scale computing. The service offers a secure, durable, highly-scalable object storage that maximizes the ease of storing and retrieving data from anywhere on the web.
The Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) simplifies the set-up, operation, and scalability of relational databases in the cloud. RDS can automatically manage the database administration tasks including backups, software patching, automatic failure detection and recovery. It even can restart a DB instance in the case of RCA. Similarly priced to EC2, RDS instances are charged on hourly usage and storage capacity.
With the presence of a new UK data center, local AWS end users can take advantage of the benefits that come with a proximity to the regional London infrastructure. Such advantages include reduced latency due to distance as well as the potential for adherence to company data sovereignty regulations.
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