Amazon Web Services has announced the availability of its cloud computing platform to customers in Germany.
The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region is the 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU), joining the AWS EU (Ireland) region. The launch comes as a response to the rapid growth AWS has been experiencing in the region.
“Our European business continues to grow dramatically,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president, Amazon Web Services. “By opening a second European region, and situating it in Germany, we’re enabling German customers to move more workloads to AWS, allowing European customers to architect across multiple EU regions, and better balancing our substantial European growth.”
The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to datacenters in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.
AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.
The benefit of AWS is that customers are not required to make any up-front financial or long-term commitment. As AWS has grown, the company has continued to focus on delivering cloud technologies to customers in an environmentally friendly way.
The new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region enables customers to run on carbon-neutral power. This is AWS’ third carbon-neutral powered region, the company said.
AWS EU Frankfurt is also supported by a number of ISVs including Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE, Trend Micro, Twilio, Acquia, Apigee, Bitnami, Esri, Infor, SAP, and Siemens.