Amazon keeps pace with cloud expansion

Amazon is keeping the pressure on Apple and Google by extending access to its consumer cloud service to more countries in Europe.
The firm is now offering access to its Cloud Drive service in Italy and Spain, taking the number of European countries the service is available in to five, including UK, Germany and France. Crucially, the expansion comes just a few weeks before Amazon launches its new Kindle Fire and Fire HD tablets in Europe, giving the firm the potential for strong cross promotion with the cloud service.
“Cloud Drive makes digital file storage simple and secure – two very important features for customers who want to organize and manage precious files,” explains Russell Dicker, director of Cloud Drive for Amazon.
The cloud service offers 5-GB of storage free, with extra space available from €8 per year.