Global cloud provider AWS has expanded its global cloud infrastructure footprint with a new AWS Canada (Central) Region in Montreal, Quebec, enabling customers to run applications and store data in Canada.
With this launch, AWS Cloud now provides 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally, with another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months.
With tens of thousands of active AWS Customers operating in Canada already, those welcoming the new AWS Region would include National Bank of Canada, Salesforce, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), British Columbia Hydro, TMX Group, the University of Alberta, and Shaw Communications.
AWS Availability Zones
The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones at launch. AWS Cloud Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations “with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover.”
Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, “ultra-low-latency” networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance. AWS also provides two Amazon CloudFront edge locations in Toronto and Montreal for customers looking to deliver websites, applications, and content to Canadian end users with low latency.
“For many years, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in Canada choosing the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “Our Canadian customers and APN Partners asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Canada, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure located in Canada. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in Canada that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”
The new AWS Canada (Central) Region continues the company’s focus on delivering cloud technologies to customers in an environmentally friendly way. AWS data centers in Canada will draw from a regional electricity grid that is 99 percent powered by hydropower.