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      Amazon Cloud Computing Center Opens in Tokyo

      Mar 15, 2011
      Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it has opened a cloud computing center in Tokyo. According to a Messaging Wire article, Amazon opened the center to provide faster data transfer and local storage for clients in Japan. Until now, Japanese clients were serviced out of Amazon’s Singapore computing center.

      Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it has opened a cloud computing center in Tokyo. According to a Messaging Wire article, Amazon opened the center to provide faster data transfer and local storage for clients in Japan. Until now, Japanese clients were serviced out of Amazon’s Singapore computing center.

      “The company’s Japanese customers have expressed the need for [a] cloud computing center based in Japan for both legal and practical reasons,” wrote AWS blogger, Jeff Barr.

      The article stated that the Tokyo AWS center will support Amazon S3 and Japanese EC2 customers with Japanese language forums and websites. The center will also provide business development and sales support in Japanese. Barr wrote, “Developers in Japan have said that latency and in-country data storage are of great importance to them.”

      According to the article, AWS has grown dramatically since it began in 2006, with AWS regional service in the United States, Europe, and Singapore. It is estimated that 330,000 developers are utilizing AWS cloud computing and data storage services.

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