Enterprises very comfortable in the cloud says AWS’ EU CEO

In the coming months, Amazon Web Services will break the seal on their shiny new UK region, the company’s third data center cluster in the EU. 

While no exact date has been set, the facility is penciled for ‘late 2016/early 2017’. Coupled with the company’s existing facilities in Dublin and Frankfurt, the new site will provide even lower latency and robust data sovereignty to its local users, well ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect in May 2018.

AWS enjoys a convincing market share in the public cloud space and now boasts over 1 million customers worldwide, including household brands like the BBC, who rely on the AWS cloud to deliver approximately 315 million shows over iPlayer every month.

“What’s been particularly encouraging is the speed at which the enterprise is now adopting cloud computing” says Gavin Jackson, AWS’s Managing Director, UK/EU. “This year has been a year for large enterprises to get very comfortable in the cloud”.

Very comfortable indeed. Despite security being often cited as the main reason not to move to the cloud, some of their customers feel AWS does a better job of security than they can themselves. Rob Alexander, Capital One’s chief information officer, recently said: “The financial service industry attracts some of the worst cyber criminals. We work closely with AWS to develop a security model, which we believe enables us to operate more securely in the public cloud than we can in our own data centers.”

AWS's UK/EU Managing Director giving a keynote at the AWS Enterprise Summit in London
AWS’s UK/EU Managing Director giving a keynote at the Enterprise Summit in London

So why do so many businesses trust the security of AWS? The company offer a broad spectrum of security services including identity access management and encryption. “Security is baked into everything we do – and we’ve got pretty good at it.” continued Jackson.

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