Amazon Web Services Launches Asia Pacific Region for Its Cloud Computing Platform
Cloud pioneer now offers its suite of web services from new Singapore datacenters to serve customers desiring an Asia Pacific presence
SEATTLE, Apr 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., today announced the launch of its first Asia Pacific Region. Asia Pacific-based businesses or global businesses with customers based in Asia can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure web services to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Prior to today, the AWS platform has been available from datacenters in the U.S. and Europe. The first AWS Asia Pacific Region (located in Singapore) is now open and any business or software developer can sign up and get started today at http://aws.amazon.com.
Before AWS launched in 2006, businesses would take on the massive capital investment of building their own infrastructure or contract with a vendor for a fixed amount of datacenter capacity that they might or might not use. This choice meant either paying for wasted capacity or having to worry that the amount of capacity they forecasted was insufficient to keep pace with their growth. Businesses spent time and money managing their own datacenter or a co-location facility, which meant time not spent on growing their actual business or differentiating their offering for customers. When it launched in 2006, AWS offered a completely new way to run virtually any business that used technology--incur no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, turn capital expense into variable operating expense, pay only for what you use, add or shed resources as quickly as you wish, free up scarce engineering resources from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running your own infrastructure--all without sacrificing operational performance, reliability, or security.
"One of the most frequent and resounding requests over the last year has been for AWS to launch an Asia Pacific presence. We've heard it from Asia Pacific companies already using AWS in our US datacenters; we've heard it from our U.S. and European customers wanting to better serve Asia Pacific end-users; and we've heard it loud and clear from Asia Pacific businesses who preferred to wait to leverage the AWS infrastructure platform until we had a datacenter presence in Asia," said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President of Amazon Web Services. "We look forward to helping Asia Pacific companies accelerate their time to market and spend their scarce engineering resources on what differentiates their business rather than on infrastructure."
Companies ranging in size from start-ups to large enterprises in over 190 countries around the world are using AWS today. For example, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using AWS for its e4 Mars Rover Application, which acts as a platform to massively parallelize the analysis of telemetry and images from the Mars Rovers; global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is using AWS to provide computational pipelines to scientists across the globe for a number of tasks, ranging from sequence database searching to protein structure prediction and virtual screening. In addition to a broad and global customer base, AWS has a vast partner community that offers customers many different options and flexibility for using AWS. Partners such as Red Hat, Oracle, Sun, MySQL, IBM, salesforce.com and RightScale along with consultancies such as Capgemini, Deloitte, Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services and Patni Computer Systems are helping companies all over the world take their businesses to the AWS cloud.
"Capgemini is delighted by the launch of the Singapore region. This is yet another uplift in the capability of AWS and provides our global client base with more choice and flexibility. Our clients now have four regions to choose from, which allows them to deploy applications closer to user populations and ultimately provide an enhanced user experience," said Simon Plant, Product Lead of Cloud Computing, Capgemini.
Many businesses and developers across Asia Pacific are already using AWS. For example, one of Asia's leading securities brokers Kim Eng is using AWS to host its trading application for the iPhone that will be launching soon. "By leveraging AWS' physical infrastructure in Asia, we are able to minimize latency for our KE Trade iPhone mobile trading app and the speed of our app will not be compromised if there are any sudden spikes in end user traffic. Going forward, Kim Eng intends to use AWS cloud computing infrastructure to help enhance our development capability and product innovation, to reinforce our position as a leading stockbroker in Asia," said Ong Seng Gee, Executive Director, Kim Eng Securities.
India-based Patni Computer Systems Ltd. is one of the leading global providers of information technology services and business solutions. "We are excited about the launch of the first AWS datacenter in Asia Pacific. As a global systems integrator, we view cloud computing as the future of infrastructure and believe that AWS will continue to lead this shift. At Patni, we are working towards moving our entire internal infrastructure to the cloud, leveraging AWS as our platform of choice," said Jeya Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Patni Computer Systems.
Australia electronics design software provider Altium relies on AWS for providing infrastructure in many forms. "Switching all our customer-facing content delivery from Akamai to Amazon S3 and Amazon CloudFront has resulted in us paying less than one quarter of what we used to for the same level of service. Administration is easier and the customers are happy with the results," said Altium Chief Information Officer Alan Perkins. "At times we have thousands of clients asking for 1.5GB files at the same time and AWS has delivered without a glitch. With the latest provisioning of AWS infrastructure out of APAC, Altium is now well poised to launch truly global services and ensure that we can fully take advantage of the opportunities we have in China."
Indiagames has the global exclusive online and mobile gaming rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL), an extremely popular cricket league in India and around the world. Indiagames required fast, scalable and flexible infrastructure to meet their fluctuating demands to launch "IPL Indiagames T20Fever" as a Facebook game. The options were to invest in scaling their existing infrastructure, which would also mean redeploying key staff from game development to manage physical hardware, or they could run the games in the cloud. "We weighed our options and the decision to use AWS was clearly the best option for launching and running the IPL Indiagames T20Fever game on Facebook. We have demanding infrastructure requirements and AWS allows us to focus on our business while reducing operational overhead," said Vishal Gondal, CEO of Indiagames. "By leveraging Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and Amazon CloudFront, we've been able to handle thousands of gamers concurrently without having to spend a rupee on physical infrastructure. The flexibility of the cloud is unparalleled and with the launch of physical infrastructure for AWS in Asia Pacific, we are looking to move the rest of our games to AWS."
Developers and businesses can access AWS services from the new "Singapore" Availability Zones beginning today, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon CloudFront, Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS). More details on each of these services and specific pricing for each is available at http://aws.amazon.com/products/.
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