AWS today (18 December 2013) announced the upcoming limited preview of its China Region, its fourth AWS Region in Asia Pacific and the tenth Region globally. The limited preview will be deployed in early 2014 and a select group of China-based and multinational companies with customers in China will be invited to begin using AWS Cloud services to build their businesses and run their applications.
For this, AWS is partnering with multiple local Chinese providers, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET, who will provide the Internet Data Center (IDC) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) services, such as infrastructure, bandwidth, and network capabilities.
The following services will be available:
- Amazon EC2
- Amazon EBS
- Amazon S3
- Amazon RDS
- Amazon DynamoDB
- Amazon EMR
- Amazon VPC
- Amazon CloudWatch
- AWS CloudFormation
- Amazon Simple Queue Service
- Amazon Simple Notification Service
- Auto Scaling
- Elastic Load Balancing
- Amazon Glacier
- Amazon Simple Workflow
- AWS Identity and Access Management
- Amazon ElastiCache
- AWS Storage Gateway
- AWS Management Console
- AWS Premium Support
Under the limited preview phase, access to the new Region will be by invitation only. Customers can apply here.
Vibrant partner ecosystem in China
Among the thousands of customers in China already using AWS are Xiaomi, Qihoo 360, TCL, Tiens, NQ mobile, FunPlus, Kingsoft, Mobotap, Hisense, Light in the Box, Papaya mobile, Madhouse, DerbySoft, Tap4fun, DeNA China, Boyaa interactive, Huan.tv, and Sungy Mobile Limited. Many of them will participate in the limited preview of the AWS China Region.
In addition to a broad base of customers, AWS has a vibrant partner ecosystem in China. Some of the China-based consulting partners include Cloudgo, Bamboo Cloud, Bamboo Technologies, ChinaNetCloud, and Hitachi Consulting (China). Technology partners include Neusoft, Trend Micro, Madeira, and more. ChinaNetCenter is the preferred partner for Content Delivery Network services for AWS China.
AWS maintains an affiliate in China with offices in Beijing to support enterprises, public sector organizations, academic institutions, small-to-mid size companies, startups, and developers on their use of AWS. They also maintain a local technical support operation in China and support customers in China with local languages.