December 19, 2017

AWS’ first cloud region in France commences business

The cloud giants expand their global outreach by starting activities more than a year after it’s announcement.

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AWS has announced that their first data center in France is now ready to swing into action. This is AWS’ fourth cloud region in Europe, after building their first three in Germany, Ireland, and the U.K respectively. This announcement has come almost a year and a half after they originally expressed their ambition to build a data center in Paris for their French customers.

With this data center, AWS can leverage their current strength of French customers which runs in thousands. They also stated that building a data center locally will resolve data authority and latency issues. Excited about the opening of their first data center in France, Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services said:

For over a decade, AWS has been supporting French builders and entrepreneurs, in enterprises and startups, on their quest to reinvent and evolve their customer’s experiences. We have tens of thousands of French customers using AWS from regions outside of France, but we’ve heard them loud and clear and are excited to deliver them an AWS Region in France, so they can easily operate their most latency-sensitive workloads or house any data that needs to reside on French soil.

The opening of AWS’ data center in France is good news for French enterprises as much as it is for organizations abroad that are looking to invest in France. Hopeful of positive events for French economy in the coming future, Éric Bothorel, a representative in the French National Assembly and member of the Economic Affairs Commission, said:

The digital revolution is bringing about major economic, social, and societal changes and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the benefit of the French economy as a whole. The cloud is the essential tool to ensure the development of this new economy and the digital transformation of businesses. It is also an important generator of jobs and we are glad to see AWS is a key part of this.

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