Amazon's cloud spreads to Asia
Cloud computing veteran Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the expansion of its Asia Pacific (APAC) services, giving cloud computing users a new home to service the growing Asian markets. Almost certainly running out of the Equinix-operated Singapore IBX data centers, which are also home to the major network exchanges in the region, the Singapore Region has two availability zones.
AWS had already offered content delivery network services (aka CloudFront) at its Singapore facilities. This announcement, planned since the middle of last year, adds the full range of AWS cloud services for Asia Pacific customers, meaning that users could theoretically move their entire operation from one side of the world to the other with a few simple commands. The new availability zones in the region will hold more interest for Asian technologists looking for ways to cut down on bandwidth or avoid parking intellectual property in the U.S., notorious for official surveillance of private data in hosting operations.
The AWS blog has a few examples of startups and Web technology companies using the new zones. Highlighting the hands-off nature of Amazon's operation, pundits and elite AWS users were aware of the operation of the new services hours in advance of the official news release through their use of the AWS APIs.
enStratus officially supports Eucalyptus
Cloud management software company enStratus now officially supports private cloud software Eucalyptus, in addition to most of the major public cloud providers. Geek-in-charge George Reese said on Twitter that his product had been able to operate with Eucalyptus for some time, but the official support marks a definitive step for enStratus in supporting private cloud deployments. Open source Eucalyptus allows users to create virtualized environments, very similar to Amazon's, on their own hardware.