Amazon Announces First Data Center in Australia

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The speed of the backbone between Australia and the US can sometimes make you wonder if there are not just two guys on either end of a tin can phone screaming one one zero one zero endlessly to each other back and forth. So the news from Amazon today is a welcome upgrade to the global AWS infrastructure.

In a short blog post on the Amazon Web Services Blog today, Jeff Barr announced that Amazon is adding an edge location in Sydney, Australia. The location will initially only host CloudFront (CDN) and Route 53 (DNS) resources. However, those two services alone will help AWS customers based in Australia and serving content to their own Australian customers to improve their response times greatly.

Prior to this announcement, AWS customers who wanted to deliver content to Australian based customers were delivering it from offshore locations like the US and Singapore. Having CloudFront resources hosted “locally” in Sydney delivering all that static content (including streaming media) to Australian based consumers will result in a much more pleasurable end-user experience.

The Route 53 addition also means that those AWS customers who host their DNS data with AWS will now also experience quicker DNS response times which will also improve the end-user experience by lowering overall in-browser response times.

With the appointment of Joe Ziegler as the AWS Evangelist for Australia and New Zealand recently, and now this new edge location announcement, Australian based AWS customers should be feeling reassured in their AWS investments.

Amazon Web Services: 15 Ways It Makes Cloud App Development Easier

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides one of the most popular infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud platforms around. Since 2006, AWS has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure Web services platform in the cloud. With AWS, users can requisition compute power, storage and other services, and gain access to a suite of elastic IT infrastructure services as their needs increase or decrease. In addition, AWS gives developers the flexibility to choose whichever development platform or programming model makes the most sense for the problems they’re trying to solve. Users pay only for what they use, with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments, which makes AWS a cost-effective way to deliver applications to customers and clients. AWS also allows users to take advantage of Amazon.com’s global computing infrastructure that is the backbone of Amazon.com’s multibillion-dollar retail business and transactional enterprise—the scalable, reliable and secure distributed computing infrastructure that has been honed for more than a decade. Although AWS does not have a specific developer program, the company continues to offer new services and offerings that benefit developers. These include Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. Amazon EC2 celebrated its fifth birthday on Aug. 25. Here, eWEEK looks at the ways AWS makes it easier for developers as they move to the cloud.

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