Welcome to Canada AWS

It was great news to learn that  AWS was comming to Canada as per the AWS blog:

Hello, Canada
I am happy to announce that we will be opening an AWS region in Montreal, Québec, Canada in the coming year. This region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power.

The planned Canada-Montreal region will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run their workloads and store their data in Canada. As a reminder, we currently have 4 other regions in North America—US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US)—with a total of 13 Availability Zones, plus the planned but not yet operational region coming to Ohio in 2016.

Today’s announcement means that our global infrastructure now comprises 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another 5 AWS regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom coming online throughout the next year (see the AWS Global Infrastructure page for more info).

As always, we are looking forward to serving new and existing Canadian customers and to working with partners in the area. Of course, the new region will also be open to existing AWS customers who would like to process and store data in Canada

As data residency issues continue to be a concern, this move by Amazon will help to reduce this issue.  With plans by Microsoft to have a  data centre in Canada, I am hoping that Google will also set up a data centre here as well.

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