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About AWS

In 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began offering IT infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services -- now commonly known as cloud computing.  One of the key benefits of cloud computing is the opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with your business.  With the Cloud, businesses no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance.  Instead, they can instantly spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes and deliver results faster.

Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world.  With data centre locations in the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the following benefits:

Low Cost

AWS offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.  They are able to build and manage a global infrastructure at scale, and pass the cost saving benefits onto you in the form of lower prices.  With the efficiencies of their scale and expertise, they have been able to lower our prices on 15 different occasions over the past four years. Visit the Economics Center to learn more.

Agility and Instant Elasticity

AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows you to quickly innovate, experiment and iterate.  Instead of waiting weeks or months for hardware, you can instantly deploy new applications, instantly scale up as your workload grows, and instantly scale down based on demand.  Whether you need one virtual server or thousands, whether you need them for a few hours or 24/7, you still only pay for what you use. Visit the Architecture Center to learn more.

Open and Flexible

AWS is a language and operating system agnostic platform.  You choose the development platform or programming model that makes the most sense for your business.  You can choose which services you use, one or several, and choose how you use them. This flexibility allows you to focus on innovation, not infrastructure. Download the AWS Overview Whitepaper.


AWS is a secure, durable technology platform with industry-recognized certifications and audits: PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001, FISMA Moderate, FedRAMP, HIPAA, and SOC 1 (formerly referred to as SAS 70 and/or SSAE 16) and SOC 2 audit reports.  Our services and data centers have multiple layers of operational and physical security to ensure the integrity and safety of your data.  Visit the Security Center to learn more.

AWS Global Infrastructure

The AWS Cloud spans 61 Availability Zones within 20 geographic regions around the world, with announced plans for 12 more Availability Zones and four more AWS Regions in Bahrain, Cape Town, Hong Kong SAR, and Milan.

AWS Regions and Availability Zones

The AWS Global infrastructure is built around Regions and Availability Zones (AZs). AWS Regions provide multiple, physically separated and isolated Availability Zones which are connected with low latency, high throughput, and highly redundant networking. These Availability Zones offer AWS customers an easier and more effective way to design and operate applications and databases, making them more highly available, fault tolerant, and scalable than traditional single datacenter infrastructures or multi-datacenter infrastructures. For customers who specifically need to replicate their data or applications over greater geographic distances, there are AWS Local Regions. An AWS Local Region is a single datacenter designed to complement an existing AWS Region. Like all AWS Regions, AWS Local Regions are completely isolated from other AWS Regions. The AWS Cloud spans 61 Availability Zones within 20 geographic regions around the world.

2019 Infra Map - PDX.7f48f37bcd0d5df0b75

Region & Number of Availability



US East
N. Virginia (6),
Ohio (3)


US West
N. California (3),
Oregon (4)


Asia Pacific
Mumbai (2),
Seoul (2),
Singapore (3),
Sydney (3),
Tokyo (4),
Osaka-Local (1)


Central (2)

Beijing (2),
Ningxia (3)


Frankfurt (3),
Ireland (3),
London (3),
Paris (3),
Stockholm (3)


South America
São Paulo (3)


GovCloud (US)
US-East (3),
US-West (3)


New Region (coming soon)



Cape Town

Hong Kong SAR


High Availability Through Multiple Availability Zones

Unlike virtually every other technology infrastructure provider, each AWS Region has multiple Availability Zones and data centres. As they have learned from running the leading cloud infrastructure technology platform since 2006, customers who care about the availability and performance of their applications want to deploy these applications across multiple Availability Zones in the same region for fault tolerance and low latency. Availability Zones are connected to each other with fast, private fiber-optic networking, enabling you to easily architect applications that automatically fail-over between Availability Zones without interruption.

Improving Continuity With Replication Between Regions

In addition to replicating applications and data across multiple data centres in the same Region using Availability Zones, you can also choose to increase redundancy and fault tolerance further by replicating data between geographic Regions. You can do so using both private, high speed networking and public internet connections to provide an additional layer of business continuity, or to provide low latency access across the globe.

Meeting Compliance and Data Residency Requirements

You retain complete control and ownership over the region in which your data is physically located, making it easy to meet regional compliance and data residency requirements.

Geographic Expansion

AWS has announced plans to expand with 12 new Availability Zones in four new geographic Regions: Bahrain, Cape Town, Hong Kong SAR, and Milan.

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