AWS launches second cloud region in Osaka
Published 4 March 2021
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its second region in the city of Osaka, Japan, expanding its cloud footprint in the Asia Pacific market.
The Osaka Local Region is now a standard AWS region, complete with three availability zones (AZs), all of which will now be able to support AWS in delivering over 60 cloud-native applications to its clients in the region.
Jeff Barr, Vice President and Chief Evangelist for AWS, wrote further in a blog post that the company’s availability zones are also designed to be able to “withstand unexpected , such as power outages, internet downtime, floods, and other kinds of natural disasters.”
Located 400 km from Tokyo, the Osaka Local Region was originally opened in 2018 to provide AWS’ clients with a disaster recovery option for their workloads. The Region uses an isolated, fault-tolerant design that is contained within a single data center to store and deploy their workloads.
“Together with the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region, the AWS Asia Pacific (Osaka) Region provides customers with even lower latency to end users in Japan, as well as the ability to architect workloads across multiple Availability Zones and multiple regions in Japan for even greater fault tolerance, resiliency, and availability,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support at AWS.
Besides Osaka, AWS currently has a Local Region in Tokyo with four availability zones, launched in 2011, 2012, and 2018 respectively.
Also, the new Osaka Region and its three availability zones will be an addition to the existing eight AWS Regions across Asia-Pacific located in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, comprising 25 availability zones altogether.
Globally, the company has 80 cloud availability zones in 25 regions all around the world. Additionally, AWS is planning to launch a second AWS Region in India in the state of Hyderabad by mid-2022. It is also planning to set up a second AWS Region in Australia in Melbourne, which is expected to be operative in the second half of 2022. According to its stated plans, the Region will comprise three availability zones.