January 13, 2016: Bring out the maple syrup – Canadian AWS Users rejoice! The almost decade long wait for a stronger, more dedicated AWS presence in Canada in the form of a multiple data center Region is over. Amazon Web Services has announced an AWS Region in Montréal, Québec, in the coming year. After wishing, hoping and authoring numerous blogs on why AWS should build a data center in Canada; TriNimbus, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner is super excited to join the rest of the Canadian Cloud Community in celebrating this announcement!
“As always, we are looking forward to serving new and existing Canadian customers and to working with partners in the area”, AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post today.
“The Montreal Region announcement is a defining moment for AWS in Canada and the Canadian Cloud Community. By taking this step, Amazon has addressed the chief concern of data residency issues faced by many Canadian companies and has opened the doors for accelerated cloud adoption in Canada,” said TriNimbus’ Chief Cloud Officer, Jarrod Levitan who was recently named an AWS Community Hero.
AWS’ presence in Canada has been growing at a steady pace but not accelerating as fast it should have been, given that it is the most advanced cloud platform in the market. Top reasons for this include data residency and compliance concerns as companies especially in healthcare, financial services and the public sector have been unable to adopt the cloud if it means moving their data outside of Canada.
The announcement of this carbon-neutral region powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power on Canadian soil means serious business for AWS in Canada, and organizations (not just in Canada) will be able to benefit from all that this powerful platform has to offer their businesses.
Organizations who want to host their data on the North American continent due to low latency, or greater connectivity to their customers, but not in the US, for various reasons will now have a perfect alternative with this planned Canada-Montréal region.
AWS’ 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.
TriNimbus looks forward to working with customers to take advantage of the new region once it becomes available.