AWS comes to Germany as Amazon unveils second EU region, out of Frankfurt


Amazon has launched its long-awaited German-based region – its second in Europe, after the one based in Ireland, and its eleventh worldwide. It was scheduled to go live at 3pm local time, or 6am PT, on Thursday, though it seems to have fired up earlier.

This is also the third [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services (AWS) region that the company claims is carbon-neutral, after US West (Oregon), and GovCloud. It provides two availability zones.

The region is run out of Frankfurt. According to AWS EMEA chief Steve Midgley, this is because “Frankfurt is one of the largest internet exchanges globally.” Of course, sticking it in Germany is hardly a coincidence: the country has very strict data protection laws, even by European standards, and companies are…

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