Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS, Inc.), an Amazon.com company, has unveiled the upcoming limited preview of its China Region for the AWS cloud computing platform. This will be the fourth AWS Region in Asia Pacific and the tenth Region globally. In the limited preview, which will be deployed in early 2014, a select group of China-based and multinational companies with customers in China will be invited to begin using AWS Cloud services in the AWS China Region to build their businesses and run their applications in the cloud. Businesses and software developers can apply for access to the limited preview in the AWS China Region today at http://www.amazonaws.cn.
To provide the best experience for customers in China and to comply with China's legal and regulatory requirements, AWS China has taken a multi-partner approach for delivering cloud services. AWS is partnering with multiple local Chinese providers, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET, who will provide the necessary Internet Data Center (IDC) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) services, such as infrastructure, bandwidth, and network capabilities, to support the delivery of AWS software technology services in China.
AWS Cloud eliminates the undifferentiated heavy lifting of IT for Chinese businesses
Prior to AWS, businesses would take on the massive capital investment of building their own IT infrastructure or contracting with a vendor for datacenter capacity that they might or might not use. This choice meant either paying for wasted capacity or having to worry that their forecasted capacity was insufficient to keep pace with their growth. AWS has changed the way that businesses think about technology infrastructure. Using AWS, businesses incur no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, turn capital expense into variable operating expense, scale seamlessly by adding or shedding resources on demand, free-up scarce engineering resources from the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running IT all without sacrificing security, operational performance, or reliability.
Thousands of customers in China have been using AWS in other Regions across the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. With the launch of the new AWS China Region, these customers will be able to run their applications on infrastructure in China, which significantly reduces latency to local end users and enables companies with requirements to store their data in China to easily do so. Additionally, customers will have access...