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AWS flicks the switch on an Indonesian region

Does the cloud belong in a city that's literally sinking? Rent some servers and find out

Amazon Web Services has a new region for its cloudy customers to consider – in Indonesia.

The AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region has three availability zones, meaning the cloud colossus has created three geographically isolated locations.

Which is a very good idea because Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, is sinking. Literally. Land subsidence is such an issue in the city that Indonesia has planned to move its capital to a new location on the island of Borneo.

The Register fancies AWS has either built close to nearby hills, or otherwise satisfied itself that the resilience it desires can be achieved for the expected life of this set of bit barns.

Whatever AWS did to get up and running, it has competition.

Google Cloud is already in Jakarta, and Microsoft has announced a region in Indonesia for its Azure cloud.

Alibaba has had two datacentres in Indonesia since July 2020 and is already planning a third. Tencent has one too, and is planning a second facility in Jakarta.

China's big clouds see South-East Asia as their most comfortable offshore expansion targets.

AWS's announcement of its new region advanced its usual optimism about local customers appreciating a low-latency service and in-country storage, and a desire to serve entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, as well as governments. Which is almost exactly what every cloud provider says at the opening of a new region.

Just don't mention the sinking city, ok? ®

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