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Amazon Opens Data Center in Tokyo

Looking to extend its cloud services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region, Amazon Web Services today said it has opened a datacenter in Tokyo.

The new location in Japan marks the fifth region where Amazon Web Services has a presence. The Tokyo datacenter is aimed at serving businesses and global organizations with a presence in the region. It supports Japan's native language and Amazon said it will accommodate billing via the Japanese Yen within the next several months.

"Japanese companies and consumers have become used to low latency and high-speed networking available between their businesses, residences, and mobile devices," said Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, in a blog post. "With the launch of the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region, companies can now leverage the AWS suite of infrastructure Web services directly connected to Japanese networks." Vogels added that the Tokyo datacenter is a viable option for customers in South Korea.

Amazon pointed to a number of companies that intend to use the new datacenters, including Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Cookpad, Olympus Memory Works Corp., SUUMO and social game developers gumi Inc. and Zynga.

In addition, Amazon said it has a large number of partners in the Tokyo region, including Accenture Japan, Business Architects, CSK, EC-One, Hitachi Solutions, ISID, Intramart CSI, Iret (Cloudpack), JB Advanced Technology, Manabing, Mitsui Knowledge Industry Co. Ltd., Nomura Research and Institute (NRI), Serverworks, TIS (Sonic Garden), Toshiba, WingArc Technologies and Works Applications.

ISV partners committed to supporting their platforms in the new location include Adobe, BitRock, Engine Yard, enStratus, Esri, IBM, Novell, Oracle, RightScale, Riverbed, SOASTA.

All of Amazon's core services in Tokyo are available immediately.

About the Author

Jeffrey Schwartz is editor of Redmond magazine and also covers cloud computing for Virtualization Review's Cloud Report. In addition, he writes the Channeling the Cloud column for Redmond Channel Partner. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreySchwartz.

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