Amazon today used the Le Web 3 conference as an opportunity to announce the availability of EC2 in the European Union, along with several associated services. Details are available from the Amazon Web Services blog:
We've created a new region for Europe, separate and distinct from the existing region in the United States. For fault tolerance, data separation, and stability, each EC2 region is an entity unto itself; issues within one region won't affect the other one. This means that Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), security groups, and SSH keypairs must be created anew in each region. We're working on tools to make it easy to move this information between regions. Also, as we learn more about how customers use multiple regions, we will add APIs to make it even easier for them to do so.
With the exception of support for Microsoft Windows and for Amazon DevPay (both of which will be ready before too long), every feature of EC2 is available in the new region, including Elastic Block Storage and Elastic IP Addresses.
This announcement would actually be rather boring if it weren't for the importance of the EU's privacy regulations on cloud computing.… Read more