Amazon Web Services announced the opening of a third availability zone in the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) region to support the brisk growth of the AWS customer base in the region.
This new availability zone will support the Asia Pacific region by inherently improving reliability and give operators an additional option for low-latency delivery.
“We are pleased that AWS is boosting its commitment to this region with the third Availability Zone, which will boost its resilience and help support growth of our digital platforms,” said George Wang, Senior Vice President Information Technology, Singapore Airlines.
These zones are hosted in geographically different locations, allowing for redundancy in the event of a natural disaster or any other event that would interrupt normal service. In the event a single zone experiences issues, applications running on one zone would switch to a neighboring zone, as needed.
AWS also provides “Amazon CloudFront” services at edge locations in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore. CloudFront is targeted to customers that want to deliver websites, applications, and content to end users with lower latency.
“Responding to demand from local customers and Amazon Partner Network (APN) Partners, AWS is increasing its commitment to the fast-growing Southeast Asia region by opening a third Availability Zone, so AWS customers have another local option where they can run mission-critical workloads and store data,” said Nick Walton, Managing Director, ASEAN, Amazon Web Services.
One of AWS’’ customers in the region, Singapore Airlines, expressed its appreciation for the new investment in the region.
“Our data analytics platform and award-winning mobile app are already hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), and we will soon be moving our website to it in line with our cloud-first strategy.”
“We are therefore very pleased that AWS is boosting its commitment to this region with the 3rd availability zone, which will boost its resilience and help support growth of our digital platforms,”said George Wang, Senior Vice President Information Technology, Singapore Airlines.
Responding to the Growing Asia Pacific Demand
Top cloud service providers like AWS and Google have been bolstering their services in the Asia Pacific region over the past year. Companies like Google, Amazon, and Alibaba have been ramping up operations throughout the region to stay competitive amidst a rapidly-growing customer base.
In May of 2017, AWS competitor, Alibaba Cloud, announced plans to construct a new data center in Malaysia. It would enable the Chinese cloud giant to better reach the region which was already being served out of Singapore by Google Cloud and AWS.
Throwing additional heat on the fire, in December of 2017, AWS announced it would be adding a second cloud region in China, a move that increases its competitiveness in a region dominated by Alibaba.