Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the opening of their AWS Asia Pacific Hong Kong Region. With this launch, AWS now spans 64 Cloud Availability Zones within 21 geographic regions around the world, and has announced plans for 12 more Cloud Availability Zones and four more AWS Cloud Regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Jakarta, and Milan.

The AWS Asia Pacific Hong Kong Region is the eighth active AWS Cloud Region in Asia Pacific and mainland China along with Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can leverage the new AWS Asia Pacific Hong Kong Region to run their applications locally, serve end-users across Hong Kong with lower latency, and leverage advanced technologies from one of the world’s largest cloud providers.

“Hong Kong is globally recognized as a leading financial tech hub and one of the top places where startups build their businesses, so we’ve had many customers asking us for an AWS Region in Hong Kong so they can build their businesses on the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest feature set,” said Peter DeSantis, Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services. “The dynamic business environment that exists in Hong Kong – among startups, enterprises, and government organizations – is pushing them to be one of the foremost digital areas in Asia. By providing an AWS Region in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, we hope this enables more customers to be more agile, innovate, and transform their end-users’ experience for decades to come.”

The AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region offers three Availability Zones at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which are technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications.

Cloud Availability Zones

Each AWS Cloud Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security and is connected via redundant, “ultra-low-latency” networks. AWS customers focused on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple Cloud Availability Zones to achieve even greater fault-tolerance.

With the scale of three Cloud Availability Zones, the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region would enable organizations to provide lower latency to end users in Hong Kong, and across Asia Pacific. Additionally, local AWS customers with data residency requirements can now store their content in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with the assurance that their content will not move without consent, while customers building applications now have access to another secured AWS cloud infrastructure region that would meet the highest levels of security, compliance, and data protection.

“The official launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) Region comes at a time when we are embracing digital transformation and developing into an international innovation and technology hub,” said Nicholas W Yang, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. “Data has become a new currency of the digital economy and a new fuel for innovation. This infrastructure region is an integral component to foster technology advancements, allowing for greater innovation and further facilitating our digital transformation. The opening of the AWS Asia Pacific Hong Kong Region also enhances our leading position as a data hub and puts Hong Kong in a strong position to lead the next wave of innovation in data-related technologies.”