Amazon finally realizes Australia has electricity, internet, geeks

Amazon have (finally) released an Australian region for their web services. While I am not a jingoistic person, I’ve found that many businesses are. If your data isn’t “on-site” (In a data center they neither own nor control) they’re pretty scared. But move it off shore and suddenly it’s insecure and prone to foreign policy and you’re a Reckless Maniac!

I understand that having to comply with foreign policies regarding payments or accounting standards can be onerous, but most of the objections I’ve seen have to do with fear, or worse, imaginary fear about your customers fear. Although there’s something to be said for knowing your customers, assuming you know them is a bad way to provide things they might not even know they desperately want.

It’s really cool, though, that even people with a vague fear of offshore data (offshore money though, they’re cool with that *roll eyes*} can now take advantage of all of Amazon’s dynamic online services. Perhaps now is a good time to start a consulting software shop specializing in them.

You can read more about the move, and available services, in the AWS Blog post: Source

 
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  1. Sadly, when you’re working in financial services with organisations large enough to have in-house counsellors who have nothing better to do than justify their positions, Australian-based data storage becomes mandatory.

    Even with Safe Harbor legislation, its easy for them to point to examples in the media where companies have had their servers pulled from overseas datacentres because of non-compliance with some piece of law from that country, even when that company has seemingly been in compliance with local law.

    As developers, we all understand that there is no such thing as safe, secure data when any part of the machine touches the Internet. We are used to dealing with the probability of data theft. But the average company is just too parochial.

    At the very least, AWS in Australia means faster access times and a location where you can guarantee more performant equipment (because it is all brand new… one of the more unpublished facts is that the Eastern USA AWS servers are a bit of a lucky-dip when it comes to equipment performance due to age)… and the prices are similar to the South-East Asian locations.

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