Amazon Web Services to open Region in China

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it will open a new Region in Beijing, China. Unlike the current AWS regions this region will be an isolated one and will require unique accounts specific to the China region. Customers with existing AWS credentials will not be able to access resources in the new Region, and vice versa. A limited preview will be deployed in early 2014.

AWS is the third US company which will be active in China offering public cloud services. Rackspace has a datacenter in Hong Kong. Microsoft licensed Windows Azure to Chinese service provider 21Vianet. The Chinese clone of Windows Azure is isolated as well. Azure customers outside China cannot use the Azure services offered in Chinese datacenters. The Azure datacenters are located in Beijing and Shanghai. Besides Azure also Office365 is offered. The Beijing datacenter has a capacity of 5,000 cabinets, the largest facility in China as measured by cabinet capacity. Currently Azure is running in preview in China.

Today also IBM announced it will be active with cloud offering in China. IBM will partner with 21Vianet and built a datacenter in Beijing in which IBM  SmartCloud Enterprise will be offered. Read more about this news at

Also AWS will be initially offering a  limited preview, which will be made available to a select group of Chinese and multinational companies in early 2014.

Among the thousands of AWS customers in China are Qihu 360, Xiaomi, FunPlus Game, Mobotap, TCL, Hisense, Tiens, Kingsoft, Light in the Box,  NQ mobile, Papaya mobile, Madhouse, DerbySoft, Tap4fun, DeNA China, Boyaa interactive,, and Sungy Mobile Limited. With applications ranging from social gaming to mobile, to security and biotech, many of these companies will participate in the limited preview of the AWS China Region.

This Region will allow China-based and multinational companies to make use of a broad collection of AWS services while remaining in compliance with China’s legal and regulatory requirements. The following services will be available:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS CloudFormation
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS)
  • Auto Scaling
  • Elastic Load Balancing
  • Amazon Glacier
  • Amazon Simple Workflow (SWF)
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • AWS Storage Gateway
  • AWS Management Console
  • AWS Premium Support

Like Microsoft, AWS teams with Chinese companies.  China Net Center and SINNET will provide the infrastructure, network services, and CDN services that are required to support the launch and operation of AWS technology services in China.

An account for AWS China can be requested at this Amazon website.

Read the AWS pressrelease here.