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Amazon Web Services opens German location to ease privacy concerns

Mikael Ricknäs | Oct. 24, 2014
In a move to help extinguish European and especially German privacy concerns, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a location in Frankfurt.

The Frankfurt region at launch consists of two separate, so-called Availability Zones. The term refers to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single facility or region that use independent power, cooling and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network.

The new Frankfurt facilities, however, will be slightly more expensive than the services based in Ireland. That's due to higher costs for labor, power and other overhead in Germany, market research company IDC said.

For example, a general purpose server with two virtual CPUs and 32GB of SSD storage costs US$0.154 per hour from Ireland or $0.166 per hour from Germany.

Most of Amazon's offerings are available from Frankfurt, including Elastic Compute Cloud and related services including Elastic Block Store, Virtual Private Cloud and Elastic Load Balancing. Additional services, such as Directory Service, will be available in the coming weeks.

"Amazon has made an effort to hit the ground running," Petri said.

 

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