Amazon selects Montreal as newest AWS data center region

Amazon is coming to Canada- again.

Public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that it will open a new region of data centers north of the border, but specifically in Montreal.

The planned Canada-Montreal region will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run their workloads and store their data in Canada. Moreover, the region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power.

“We continue to announce, build, and launch additional AWS regions as our customer base becomes larger, more diverse, and accustomed to running many different types of workloads in the cloud,” wrote AWS’s Jeff Barr.

Currently, AWS has four other regions in North America—US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California),US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US). It makes up a total of 13 “Availability Zones,” along with a planned region coming to Ohio in 2016.

The announcement also means AWS’ global influence is getting larger, now with 32 “Availability Zones” across 12 geographic regions. New Zones will be coming to Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom over the next year.


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