Amazon S3 makes European sites available

By admin, November 7, 2007 9:16 am

Amazon announced the expansion of their Simple Storage Service product into European markets yesterday. Although the existing S3 service could, by it's very nature, be used by anyone from anywhere with an Internet connection, issues of latency and locality have made it less desirable for overseas users. Amazon has not yet completed all localization features and the addition of other basics such as the ability to pay in local currencies, but the primary functions of the service are available for use.

The storage rates for the European service is slightly higher than that of the US-based service, possibly reflecting lower volumes of spare capacity in Amazon's European operations or higher data center costs, so for bulk storage which has no significant requirement for low latency, the US S3 is probably still the way to go.

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