Today, we are excited to announce that, due to high customer demand for additional services in Osaka, the Osaka Local Region will be expanded into a full AWS Region with three Availability Zones by early 2021. Like all AWS Regions, each Availability Zone will be isolated with its own power source, cooling system, and physical security, and be located far enough apart to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications.
We are constantly expanding our infrastructure to provide customers with sufficient capacity to grow and the necessary tools to architect a variety of system designs for higher availability and robustness. AWS now operates 22 regions and 69 Availability Zones globally.
In March 2011, we launched the AWS Tokyo Region as our fifth AWS Region with two Availability Zones. After that, we launched a third Tokyo Availability Zone in 2012 and a fourth in 2018.
In February 2018, we launched the Osaka Local Region as a new region construct that comprises an isolated, fault-tolerant infrastructure design contained in a single data center and complements an existing AWS Region. Located 400km from the Tokyo Region, the Osaka Local Region has supported customers with applications that require in-country, geographic diversity for disaster recovery purposes that could not be served with the Tokyo Region alone.
Osaka Local Region in the Future
When launched, the Osaka Region will provide the same broad range of services as other AWS Regions and will be available to all AWS customers. Customers will be capable of deploying multi-region systems within Japan, and those users located in western Japan will enjoy even lower latency than what they have today.
If you are interested in how AWS Global Infrastructure is designed and built to deliver the most flexible, reliable, scalable and secure cloud computing environment with the highest global network performance then check out our Global Infrastructure site which explains and visualizes it all.
I’ll be sure to share additional news about this and other upcoming AWS Regions as soon as I have it, so stay tuned! We are working on 4 more regions (Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and Spain), and 13 more Availability Zones globally.
– Kame, Sr. Product Marketing Manager / Sr. Evangelist Amazon Web Services Japan