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AWS to establish Swedish data centre region

Tue 4 Apr 2017

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to extend its data centre portfolio into Sweden next year, opening its fourth European region.

The cloud services giant announced that the new AWS region will be based in Stockholm and will comprise of three availability zones. The new region will join AWS’ EU contingent, which currently includes London, Frankfurt and Ireland. Further AWS regions in France and China are due to come online later this year.

The company now operates 42 global availability zones across 16 regions.

‘An AWS Region in Stockholm enables Swedish and Nordic customers, with local latency or data sovereignty requirements, to move the rest of their applications to AWS and enjoy cost and agility advantages across their entire application portfolio,’ commented AWS CEO Andy Jassy.

Sweden’s Innovation and Enterprise Minister Mikael Damberg said that the decision to establish a new region in the country was a recognition of Sweden’s competitive position within the EU. He noted that Sweden has ‘the highest levels of renewable energy, in the power grid, in the EU, as well as a world leading digital infrastructure and IT industry.’

During a speech to the UN General Assembly in 2015, Sweden’s prime minister announced that the country would work towards becoming one of the first fossil fuel-free states. Latest figures show that 57% of Sweden’s power came from renewables such as hydropower and wind sources in 2015. The country is on track to run entirely on renewables within the next 25 years.

Facebook’s Node Pole site, located in Luleå, Sweden, was one of the first data centre projects to leverage the Arctic envrionment for cooling efficiencies and sustainability. The centre is also powered by hydroelectricity and all of the server and storage hardware is provisioned through the Open Compute Project. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the whole system is 10% more efficient and uses 40% less power than traditional data centres.

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