Amazon is adding a new region based in Sydney to offer lower-latency services to customers in Australia and New Zealand. The addition brings total regions worldwide to nine at a time when cloud competitors with global reach are coming online.

Amazon Web Services is bringing key services, including its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), to a new Sydney, Australia-based region. Sydney brings the total number of AWS regions worldwide to nine, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sao Paolo and Ireland, and three regions in the U.S.

The company also hosts a CloudFront CDN and Route 53 domain name service edge locations in Sydney.

With this new region, which will also offer other major services including S3 storage, SimpleDB, Relational Database Service and DynamoDB database, Amazon is moving to bolster its leadership position in public cloud infrastructure as more competitors with global reach, like Rackspace and Hewlett-Packard, come online. Amazon certainly leads in terms of scale, but Rackspace, as CEO Lanham Napier said last week, intends to compete for large accounts that want more of the hand-holding services that such companies often require.

In its blog post announcing the new region, Amazon gave a shout out to AWS partners including EnStratus and Rightscale, which already have their its cloud management platform available in the new region. Amazon will host its first-ever AWS Re:Invent customer and partner conference in Las Vegas later this month.

Feature photo courtesy of Flickr user jimmyharris

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  1. We have a monitoring node in Australia for Server Density and bandwidth prices have been a major cost concern, so it’s good to see AWS coming in to start making things more competitive. Perhaps the problem has been many smaller providers unable to get the volume discounts, which Amazon should be able to make use of.

    Some interesting comments about the pricing differences compared to other regions are at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4773038

  2. Attunity CloudBeam (http://www.attunitycloudbeam.com) enables huge uploads to S3, on-premise to S3 synchronization and replication between S3 regions. Now you can easily transfer your S3 files to the region closest to you…

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