During his keynote at the AWS Summit in London during the summer Werner Vogels stated that the long awaited London region would be available either at the end of 2016 or early in 2017. AWS have delivered inside 2016 and today announced that the AWS London Region is available for immediate use.
The new region (and the 16th AWS has launched around the world) is comprised of 2 availability zones and while it doesn’t currently offer the extensive range of services that the more mature Ireland region offers it will tick the box for the majority of users. Expect to see additional services added to the roster in London over the coming months as I am sure the focus was on getting things up and running before the end of the year, rather than adding all the bells and whistles.
One of the big benefits for UK customers will be the ability of host data within the UK, a requirement of many clients from a security perspective. The new region aligns with all the usual standards that AWS strive for, with the addition of some UK specific standards including the Government’s Cyber Essentials Plus initiative.
A quick look around social media this morning and the news seems to have been welcomed warmly by all, but especially by UK users!
— Amazon Web Services (@awscloud) 14 December 2016
If you are looking to migrate your EC2 instances to the new AWS London Region then you can refer to the Whitepaper that AWS have produced here. I shall be sorting out the hosting of this blog over the festive period so that it is based out of London rather than Ireland, will you be migrating your workloads to the new region?