Amazon adds cloud processing to storage in Europe

The Financial Times' tech blog is impressed by Amazon's cloud computing progress in Europe. It points out that Amazon started offering its S3 storage service in Europe just over a year ago in Europe, observing, "This was an obvious first move, since privacy regulations often require companies to store sensitive data locally."

Then earlier this year Amazon announced a content distribution network (CloudFront) to put information closer to customers. And now customers will be able to elect to have their data processed as well as stored and distributed in Europe.

According to the blog, Adam Selipsky, head of product management and developer relations at Amazon Web Services, said EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is what customers have been clamouring for: services based in Europe will reduce the latency and bandwidth costs.

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