In exciting news for the UK cloud computing market, AWS recently announced that the UK will be home to their third EU region after Dublin and Frankfurt. The announcement recognises the UK’s importance as a place to do business and addresses growing concerns over data sovereignty for customers in the UK.
Amazon CTO Warner Vogels broke the news via blog post last Friday, noting that the region should be functional by the end of 2016 or early 2017 and will provide lower latency and stronger data sovereignty for local users.
Vogels highlighted that this new region will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, big data analysis, Internet of Things applications, and more.
The move also comes as many organisations are increasingly concerned about where their data is stored and processed, especially considering the recent European Court of Justice ruling that rendered invalid the Safe Harbour framework for US-based companies to transfer data outside Europe.
Liam Maxwell, CTO for the UK Government, welcomed the announcement stating,”It’s great to see that AWS will be providing commercial cloud services from data centres in the UK…Not only will this mean a significant investment in the UK economy, but more healthy competition and innovation in the UK data centre market. This is good news for the UK government given the significant amount of data we hold that needs to be kept onshore.”
In addition to the UK, AWS has also recently announced plans to open regions in South Korea and India, with a second and fourth region coming to China and the US respectively.