Amazon Web Services Opens Tokyo Cloud Computing Centre

Amazon Web Services has opened its second cloud computing outlet in Asia in Tokyo, offering local data storage and faster data transfer rates to its Japanese customers.

Jeff Barr, Amazon Web Services evangelist, wrote in a blog post that Japanese customers had expressed their eagerness for a regional AWS outlet that made accessing cloud computing services more practical and legally sound.

Amazon already operates a cloud computing centre in Singapore which also serves Japanese customers but they wanted a more local option.

The new centre will be dedicated to offering services and support for Japanese EC2 and Amazon S3 customers, complete with a Japanese language website and forums. Amazon will also offer Japanese-speaking Business Development and Sales executives.

“Developers in Japan have (said) that latency and in-country data storage are of great importance to them. Long story short, we've just opened up an AWS Region in Japan, Tokyo to be precise. Put it all together and developers in Japan can now build applications that respond very quickly and that store data within the country,” he wrote on the blog.

The service, which was opened back in 2006, offers cloud based virtual environments and storage space from its centres in Asia, Europe and the US.