Amazon Web Services, Inc., on Thursday, has rolled out its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region enabling customers to build their businesses and run applications on infrastructure located in Germany with their content staying within the region they choose.

This is the 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union after the AWS EU (Ireland) region.

“Our European business continues to grow dramatically,” points out Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, Amazon Web Services. “By opening a second European region, and situating it in Germany, we’re enabling German customers to move more workloads to AWS, allowing European customers to architect across multiple EU regions, and better balancing our substantial European growth.”

The new AWS region consists of two separate datacenters in separate, distinct locations within a single region, engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network, reports a news release announcing the launch.

The new datacenters promise higher fault-tolerance, for customers seeking high-availability while the new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, in conjunction with the AWS EU (Ireland) region, also claims to provide flexibility to architect across multiple AWS regions within the EU. The new facility comes as a solution to the growth AWS has been experiencing recently.

Many German AWS customers like Talanx and Hubert Burda Media along with Academics in Germany have welcomed the new set up. “The arrival of an Amazon Web Services Region in Germany marks an important occasion for the German business and technology community,” said Prof. Dr Helmut Krcmar, Vice Dean of the Computer Science Faculty, and Chair of Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich.

“We work with a number of DAX listed companies in Germany. Many have been holding off moving sensitive workloads to the cloud until they had computing and service facilities on German soil as this could help them comply with their internal processes. This new region from AWS answers this and we expect to see innovation amongst Germany, and Europe’s, companies flourish as a result,” he further explained.

The AWS region claims to meet “rigorous compliance standards”, including compliance with all applicable EU Data Protection laws while providing high levels of security for customers.

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