Expanding the Cloud - Introducing the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region

japan-small.jpg Today Amazon Web Services is expanding its world-wide coverage with the launch of a new AWS Region located in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese companies and consumers have become used to low latency and high-speed networking available between their businesses, residences, and mobile devices. 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. The advanced Asia Pacific network infrastructure also makes the AWS Tokyo Region a viable low-latency option for customers from South Korea.

A well know application area that makes use of the advanced network infrastructure in Japan is social gaming, and it shouldn't be surprising that some of the early customers of the new AWS Tokyo Region are large gaming companies like Gumi and Zynga Japan. Gumi Inc. is one of the largest social gaming companies in Japan with well over 10 million users per day. Zynga Japan is the Japanese subsidiary of the world's leading social gaming company, with localized versions of their popular Farmville and Treasure Isle games.

Several Japanese conglomerates are also evaluating Amazon Web Services as a way to radically change the way IT is organized within the enterprise. These corporations are using AWS to improve organizational agility, radically transform resource allocation models, reduce time-to-market, and remove the need to pour financial and intellectual capital into their IT operations that do not meaningfully differentiate their businesses from those of other global corporations.

A local AWS Region enables companies to deploy a global cloud platform for their operations. With the launch of the new Tokyo Region Japanese corporations can now start to benefit from the uniform application deployment that AWS offers world-wide: applications configured and built to run in one Region can be launched in the same fashion in other Regions around the world with minimal reconfiguration.

With the new Tokyo Region companies that are required to meet certain compliance, control, and data locality requirements can now achieve these certifications: customers can now choose to keep their data entirely within the Tokyo Region.

With the launch of this new Region, the AWS Support team is also offering support in Japanese for any customer with a Japanese language preference: AWS Basic Support, which is free to all users, and AWS Premium Support, which provides a 24x7x365 fast-response support channel, are now both available in Japanese.

For more details on AWS in Japan see http://aws.amazon.com/jp