Amazon Cloud LogoThe folks at Amazon have been keen on setting up an Asia Pacific cloud infrastructure for some time now. My first meeting with them was back in Nov 2008, where I met Joe Minarik and Jake Anderson to share more about the startup and developer ecosystem here. Since then, the local government agencies (kudos to them!), together with various members of the local startup and web technology community have been working hard to make sure that Amazon picks Singapore as the primary location for the cloud infrastructure. We are glad to announce that the efforts have paid off  really well and the primary beneficiaries for these will be the web technology startup entrepreneurs. Below is the official announcement from Amazon:


Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced an expansion of its Cloud Infrastructure services into an Asia-Pacific region in the first half of 2010, enabling businesses to deploy compute and storage resources in close proximity to their end-users in the region. AWS customers will be able to access AWS’s infrastructure services from multiple Availability Zones in Singapore in the first half of 2010, then in other Availability Zones within Asia over the second half of 2010. AWS services available at the launch of the Asia-Pacific region will include Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Relational Database Service, Amazon Simple Queue Service, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and Amazon CloudFront.

“Developers and businesses located in Asia, as well as those with a multi-national presence, have been eager for Asia-based infrastructure to minimize latency and optimize performance,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President of Amazon Web Services. “We’re very excited to announce the expansion of AWS infrastructure into Asia to help our customers plan their technology investments and better serve their end-users in Asia.”