Amazon has revealed its plans to open a new UK data center by end of next year or early 2017.
The new region has been announced under the title "London Calling" although the location of the data centers has not yet been revealed. The news of a new data center has come days after AWS announced its plans for another data center in South Korea by next year. The announcement also comes just a month after European High Court struck down Safe Harbor rules which had allowed US vendors transfer customer data between America and Europe without getting prior permissions.
Announcing the new region, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said: "The new region, coupled with the existing AWS regions in Dublin and Frankfurt, will provide customers with quick, low-latency access to websites, mobile applications, games, SaaS applications, big data analysis, Internet of Things applications, and more."
On an operational level, a new data center will offer higher speed and lower latency to customers, thus significantly benefiting companies such as Channel 4 which relies on AWS as the backbone of its All 4 service. Some other British companies using AWS's cloud platform include the UCAS, BBC, and JustGiving.
According to Vogels, secure cloud services in Britain will help grow country’s Digital Economy. It also suggests that "UK is the most favoured location in Europe for inward investment with the skills, infrastructure and digital capability to support the world's leading businesses."
Last month, at its re:Invent event in Las Vegas, Amazon said it witnessed a 120% increase in data transfers from its storage service (S3) and 95% year-on-year growth in virtual machine (EC2) instances.
British Government CTO Liam Maxwell has welcomed Amazon's decision to open up a new data center in the UK.
"It's great to see that AWS will provide commercial cloud services from data centers in the UK. Not only will this mean a significant investment in the UK economy, but more healthy competition and innovation in the UK data centre market." Maxwell said.
He also described it as "good news for the UK government" considering the huge amount of data that is held and needs to be kept onshore.