AWS To Open Hong Kong Datacenters in 2018

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is adding to its already expansive list of cloud datacenter locations with plans to launch a new region in Hong Kong next year.

Announced this week, the new Hong Kong region will join six existing AWS regions in the Asia Pacific market -- Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Beijing and Mumbai -- as well as an upcoming region in Ningxia that's expected to open "in the coming months."

The Hong Kong region will have three availability zones, according to a blog post by CTO Werner Vogels, bringing the total of availability zones in the Asia Pacific to 19. In AWS parlance, a region is a single location that contains one or more availability zones, which in turn contain one or more datacenters.

Currently, AWS has regions in 16 geographic locations, combining for 43 availability zones. It also has plans to open four more regions by 2018 -- the aforementioned Hong Kong and Ningxia regions, as well as regions in Paris and Stockholm -- for an additional 11 availability zones.

The company is also preparing a new government-specific region in the eastern United States for launch sometime in 2018.

"The new AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region, coupled with the existing AWS Regions in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Seoul, and Mumbai, and a future one in Ningxia, will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, big data analysis, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and more," Vogels said.

A map of AWS' global cloud infrastructure is available here.

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