Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of data centers in Sweden. The leader in the cloud arena, AWS has head offices in Seattle, Washington, United States and was established in 2006. A household name, AWS’ cloud services include compute, storage, security and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. By opening data centers in Sweden the company adds to a global infrastructure that includes 16 AWS regions worldwide and 44 availability zones.
AWS announced plans for its Swedish data centers early 2017. The new region is called AWS Europe (Stockholm). It is the company’s fifth cloud region in Europe, joining the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Ireland. The news comes on the heels of AWS’ recent announcement of plans to launch its first data centers in Africa, which will be located in Cape Town, South Africa and come online in 2020. It also follows AWS’ recent opening of another GovCloud region on the East Coast of the United States.
AWS already has “thousands of customers across the Nordics – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden” but the launch of the new region will lower latency and allow them to benefit from a range of services including analytics, database, and mobile services.
“Since the early days of AWS, Nordic organizations have been using AWS’s cloud technologies to help reinvent entire industries, such as Supercell and Rovio in gaming, Scania and Volvo in automotive, and Nokia and Telenor in telecommunications,” explained AWS’ CEO Andy Jassy. “Tens of thousands of Nordic customers have been using AWS from regions around the world, but many have shared that they also wanted an AWS Region in the Nordics so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads for end-users in the Nordics while meeting any data sovereignty requirements. We’re excited to deliver our AWS Stockholm Region today to meet these customer requests.”