Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues its cloud push into China with a new data center region in Hong Kong that opened today.
The AWS Asia-Pacific (Hong Kong) Region is the cloud giant’s eighth data center region in Asia-Pacific, and it joins Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.
The new region offers three availability zones. These are technology infrastructure in separate geographic locations with enough distance to reduce the risk of a single event hurting business continuity, but still near enough to provide low latency for high-availability applications. Each availability zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.
AWS says it has “thousands of customers” and partners in Hong Kong including Cathay Pacific, Fox Networks Group Asia-Pacific Limited, Gogo Tech, HSBC, Hong Kong Disneyland, KPMG China, Swire Coca-Cola, Television Broadcasts Limited, and Union Medical Healthcare. The new data center region allows them to run their applications locally, comply with local data residency requirements, and provide lower latency for end users in Hong Kong. It also puts AWS in a better position to compete against China’s top cloud provider, Alibaba.
With the launch of the new data center region, AWS spans 64 availability zones within 21 geographic regions globally. It also has plans for 12 more availability zones and four more AWS regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta, and Milan.
Microsoft will soon break ground on two new data centers near Phoenix, according to local news outlet AZ Central. “As part of our plans to support the growing demand for cloud and internet services in Arizona and across the Western United States, Microsoft recently purchased land at two locations in Goodyear, Arizona, where we intend to develop world-class data center facilities,” a spokesman told the publication.
The company last week revealed that it built two new Azure Government Secret data centers in the U.S.
And Google in February pledged to spend more than $13 billion this year on data centers and offices in the U.S. This will include “major expansions” in 14 states and “tens of thousands” of new employees, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a blog post. He added that “2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.”