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 Announces Lower Pricing for Route 53 DNS Service

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In an email to current customers today, Amazon announced that lower pricing will go into effect as of October 1st for their Route 53 DNS hosting service.

From the email:

We are excited to announce that effective October 1st we’re reducing prices for Amazon Route 53, Amazon Web Services’ reliable and scalable domain name service. Amazon Route 53 routes end users to your Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Effective October 1st, we’re cutting the price for each hosted zone from $1 per month to $0.50 per month for the first 25 zones, and then $0.10 per month for additional zones.

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