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