Amazon Web Services opening first Canada region in Montreal

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Amazon Web Services, which provides cloud computing infrastructure and application services, has chosen Montreal as its next AWS region sometime this year.

The company said that the planned Canada-Montreal region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by renewable hydro power, and will allow AWS partners and customers to run their workloads and store data in Canada. This will be the first AWS region in Canada, but will be the fifth in North America; currently, there are regions in Northern Virginia, Northern California, Oregon, and an AWS GovCloud in an isolated region for the government’s sensitive workloads.

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

The company confirmed that it would open another five AWS regions in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the UK. In total, AWS has 32 Availability Zones across 12 regions worldwide, and boasts one million customers worldwide.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.