Amazon Web Services (AWS) has expanded its regional footprint with the opening of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region, enabling customers to run applications and store content in locally based data centres.
The opening marks the eighth location across the region to host an AWS data centre, alongside Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.
Furthermore, the launch adds three additional availability zones - to a global count of 64 - spanning 21 geographic regions, with four more expected in the coming months and years, including locations such as Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta, and Milan.
“Hong Kong is globally recognised as a leading financial tech hub and one of the top places where startups build their businesses, so we have had many customers asking us for an AWS region in Hong Kong so they can build their businesses on the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest feature set,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS.
“The dynamic business environment that exists in Hong Kong - among start-ups, enterprises, and government organisations – is pushing them to be one of the foremost digital areas in Asia.
"By providing an AWS region in Hong Kong Special Administrative region, we hope this enables more customers to be more agile, innovate, and transform their end-users’ experience for decades to come."
Developers, start-ups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organisations will now be able to leverage the new region to run applications locally, while serving end-users across Hong Kong with lower latency, and the vendor's range of technologies and cloud services.
“We are delighted to see the official launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region, and it comes at a time when we are embracing digital transformation and developing into an international innovation and technology hub,” said Nicholas Yang, JP, secretary for innovation and technology, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
“Data has become a new currency of the digital economy and a new fuel for innovation. This infrastructure region is an integral component to foster technology advancements, allowing for greater innovation and further facilitating our digital transformation.
“The opening of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) region also enhances our leading position as a data hub and puts Hong Kong in a strong position to lead the next wave of innovation in data-related technologies."