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AWS expands to SKorea, plans 4 other regional data center launches for 2016

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Amazon Web Services expanded its presence to yet another region. The public cloud company is continuing to grow, and it has been making significant gains in the Asia Pacific market. This time, it launched two availability zones in the Seoul, South Korea.

The new Asia Pacific (Seoul) region marks the fifth such region in the Asia Pacific area of the world and 32nd availability zone across its 12 regions. It's Amazon's first geographic expansion for the year, but it will be far from the last.

According to a press release, AWS plans to launch four more regions (containing a total of nine availability zones) in China, India, the United Kingdom and Ohio (which will be supported by a wind farm) later this year.

AWS appears to have beat Microsoft to the punch, even though Microsoft announced plans to build a data center in Seoul two years ago. The companies are going head-to-head in several global markets, with each trying to get a leg up on the other as they aim to be the first to open new regional data centers.

"Our Korean customers and partners have asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Korea so that they can run more of their workloads on AWS and approve new initiatives that could change their business and customer experience; we're excited about delivering this to our customers today," said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services, in a statement.

For more:
- read the press release

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