Amazon Web Services is planning an early-2014 launch of a new data center in China—the company’s first in that nation. The new facility will give Amazon a physical presence in China, where it has previously offered services based in remote data centers. It will also improve latency for local residents and enable services that were previously unavailable owing to government regulations (e.g., data hosting). “The regional government will become one of the first customers of the cloud services hosted in the facility,” according to DatacenterDynamics.
The launch of the new AWS data center comes on the heels of questions regarding the impact of NSA spying on the cloud business. Nations outside the U.S. have expressed concern—some by reducing their expenditures on American services—over the security of their data. The new AWS data center may alleviate some of these concerns for Chinese customers, since it will operate inside that nation’s borders and be subject to local laws. That the regional government will rely on it for cloud services will no doubt encourage other Chinese organizations to do the same. Exactly how the situation will play out at the corporate level between Amazon and the NSA, however, remains to be seen—or not, since the NSA is hardly the most transparent of organizations.
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