It is time to expand the AWS footprint once again, this time
with a new Region in Frankfurt, Germany. AWS customers in Europe
can now use the new EU (Frankfurt) Region along with the existing EU (Ireland)
Region for fast, low-latency access to the suite of AWS
infrastructure services. You can now build multi-Region applications
with the assurance that your content will stay within the EU.
The new Frankfurt Region supports Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and related services including
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Auto Scaling, and Elastic Load Balancing.
It also supports
AWS Elastic Beanstalk,
AWS Direct Connect,
Amazon Elastic MapReduce,
AWS Storage Gateway,
AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM),
Amazon Route 53,
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS),
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3),
Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS),
Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), and
Amazon Simple Workflow Service (SWF).
The Region supports all sizes of T2,
I2 instances. All EC2 instances must be launched within a
Virtual Private Cloud in this Region (see my blog post,
Private Clouds for Everyone for more information).
Every AWS Region is designed and built to meet rigorous compliance standards including
ISO 27001, SOC 1, PCI DSS Level 1, to name a few (see the
AWS Compliance page for more info). AWS is
fully compliant with all applicable EU Data Protection laws. For customers who wish to use AWS to store
personal data, AWS provides a data processing agreement. More information on how customers
can use AWS to meet EU Data Protection requirements can be found at
AWS Data Protection.
Many organizations in Europe are already making use of AWS.
Here’s a very small sample:
is a very popular (10 million users and 45,000 taxis) taxi booking application. They use
AWS to help them to service their global customer base in real time. They plan to use the new
Region to provide even better service to their customers in Germany.
was first attracted to AWS by, as they say, the “fantastic technology stack.” Empowered by
AWS, they have developed an agile deployment model that allows them to deploy new
code several times per day. They can experiment more often (with very little risk) and
can launch new products more quickly. They believe that the new AWS Region will
benefit their customers in Germany and will also inspire the local startup scene.
is using AWS as a global host for
ARIS Cloud, a
Business Process Analysis-as-a-Service
product. AWS allows Software AG to focus on their core competency—the development of great software
and gives them the power to roll out new cloud products globally within days.
Trend Micro is bringing their security
solutions to the new region.
Micro Deep Security helps customers secure their AWS deployments
and instances against the latest threats, including Shellshock and
Here are some of the latest and greatest third party operating system AMIs
in the new Region:
- Canonical – Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS
- SUSE – SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
For Developers – Signature Version 4 Support
This new Region supports only Signature Version 4. If you have built applications with the AWS SDKs or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) and your
API calls are being rejected, you should update to the newest SDK and CLI. To learn more,
the AWS SDKs and Explorers.
AWS Offices in Europe
In order to support enterprises, government agencies, academic
institutions, small-to-mid size companies, startups, and developers,
there are AWS offices in Germany (Berlin, Munich), the UK (London),
Ireland (Dublin), France (Paris), Luxembourg (Luxembourg City),
Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), and Italy (Milan).
This new Region is open for business now and
you can start using it today!
PS – Like our US West (Oregon) and AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, this region uses carbon-free power!