AWS expands in Europe with new French Region

What exactly has just been announced?

AWS just announced a new region in Paris, France. A region, in AWS terms, is a composition of 2 or more availability zones (AZs). A single availability zone is composed by one or more Data Centers.

AWS announced 3 availability zones in Paris which means at least 3 data centers have been built in Paris region. This region is the 18th to be opened by AWS and the 4th in Europe after Ireland, Frankfurt and London. It brings the number of AZs to 49 globally, 11 in Europe and 6 in Central Europe.

AWS deploys services depending on customer needs and the France region will start with a very good set of services:

  • Amazon API Gateway
  • Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Amazon CloudWatch, CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • EC2 Container Registry
  • Amazon ECS
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
  • Amazon EMR
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • Amazon Elasticsearch Service
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon Kinesis Streams
  • Polly
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Amazon Simple Workflow Service (SWF)
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Auto Scaling
  • AWS Certificate Manager (ACM)
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS CloudTrail
  • AWS CodeDeploy
  • AWS Config
  • AWS Database Migration Service
  • AWS Direct Connect
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • AWS Key Management Service (KMS)
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS Marketplace
  • AWS OpsWorks Stacks
  • AWS Personal Health Dashboard
  • AWS Server Migration Service
  • AWS Service Catalog
  • AWS Shield Standard
  • AWS Snowball
  • AWS Snowball Edge
  • AWS Snowmobile
  • AWS Storage Gateway
  • AWS Support (including AWS Trusted Advisor)
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • VM Import

The Paris Region supports all sizes of C5, M5, R4, T2, D2, I3, and X1 instances.

There are also four edge locations for Amazon Route 53 and Amazon CloudFront: three in Paris and one in Marseille, all with AWS WAF and AWS Shield.

The Paris Region will benefit from three AWS Direct Connect locations. Telehouse Voltaire is available today. AWS Direct Connect will also become available at Equinix Paris in early 2018, followed by Interxion Paris.

What does it mean for European / French customers?

First tests tend to confirm the latency from France is amazingly low, of course. AWS data centers are always very well interconnected with all providers. Every AWS Region is designed and built to meet rigorous compliance standards including ISO 27001, ISO 9001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC3, PCI DSS Level 1, and many more depicted below:

AWS is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield, and the AWS Data Processing Addendum (DPA) is GDPR-ready and available now to all AWS customers to help them prepare for May 25, 2018 when the GDPR becomes enforceable. The current AWS DPA, as well as the AWS GDPR DPA, allows customers to transfer personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in compliance with European Union (EU) data protection laws. The CISPE Code of Conduct helps customers ensure that AWS is using appropriate data protection standards to protect their data, consistent with the GDPR. In addition, AWS offers a wide range of services and features to help customers meet the requirements of the GDPR, including services for access controls, monitoring, logging, and encryption.

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