Amazon Web Services (AWS) has now arrived in Australia. Unlike my post here, this time we are talking about Sydney based hosting from the world’s most dominant force in cloud hosting. I’m sure this Tuesday morning news will make Australian web developers, system administrators and general geeks all very happy.

As Link Digital is an Advanced Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services I’ve been in Sydney since yesterday meeting with senior executives from AWS and other Australian and New Zealand partners. The ecosystem of suppliers that add value to AWS is very active and there is a diverse range of companies to wok with. Link’s focus at this stage is in the area of developer operations, providing assistance in solution architectures where AWS is being considered. We have also stood up systems that will allow us to consolidate and manage services on behalf of our Government customers under enterprise agreements with AWS.

At Link, we have been waiting for Australian hosting on the AWS platform for almost two years. As such, it was great to have the following email land in my inbox from the AWS marketing team this morning.

Dear Steven,
We are excited to announce the immediate availability of our new Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region.
Starting today, customers can run their applications and workloads in the new Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region to reduce latency to end-users based in Australia and New Zealand while avoiding the up-front expenses, long-term commitments, and scaling challenges associated with maintaining and operating their own infrastructure. Sydney joins Singapore and Tokyo as the third Region in Asia Pacific and as the ninth Region worldwide.
AWS’s new Sydney Region currently supports Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), Auto Scaling, VM Import/Export, Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), AWS Storage Gateway, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, and AWS Direct Connect. For a complete list of AWS Regions and services, visit the Global Infrastructure page. Sydney Region pricing is available on the detail page of each service, at
We continue to expand our services globally, based in large part on customer input, so please continue to send us your feedback. In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of our newly announced AWS Sydney Region.
Andy Jassy, SVP, Amazon Web Services, will deliver the launch keynote today at AWS Customer Appreciation Day you have registered to attend. Please arrive early to avoid the queues and grab a good seat. Registrations open at 12:30pm (AEST)
We look forward to seeing you!
AWS Marketing Team

Later this month I will be attending AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. My goal is to identify AWS consulting partners who are delivering high value outcomes for enterprise workloads and complex solutions. The demand for AWS within Australia is expected to be high, due to the disruptive pricing, superior scale and high quality of products. As such, Link is working to build the capacity of it’s AWS consulting practice by importing the best approaches from more established cloud services markets.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our AWS consulting services.