AWS Adds Canadian Region to Its Estate Through Montreal Data Center

AWS announces the opening of its new Canadian region that is carbon neutral and powered by renewable hydro power as well as a new test drive service of its cloud services buyers.

Canada Amazon Web Service (AWS) is keeping the pace with its growing customer base and in the continuation of the launch of its new data centers; it announces the opening of Canadian region. The new data center in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada will be totally carbon neutral and the power to this data center will be provided through a clean and renewable source which is hydro power.

“The planned Canada-Montreal region will give AWS partners and customers the ability to run their workloads and store their data in Canada. As a reminder, we currently have 4 other regions in North America—US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Northern California), US West (Oregon), and AWS GovCloud (US)—with a total of 13 Availability Zones, plus the planned but not yet operational region coming to Ohio in 2016” said AWS chief technology evangelist Jeff Barr.

The Montreal amenities are not restricted to Canadian customers and partners, but it is open to all the existing AWS customers who would like to route and store their data in Canada.

He further said “Today’s announcement means that our global infrastructure now comprises 32 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, with another 5 AWS regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the United Kingdom coming online throughout the next year.”

In the meantime, AWS also announced a partnership with data platform provider MapR to produce a ‘try before you buy’ service. MapR will offer free test drives of the AWAS services Data guise DgSecure, HPE Vertica, Apache Drill and TIBCO Spotfire, these services will run from its integrated Spark/Hadoop systems.

The AWS Test Drive service will provide the customers with private IT sandbox environments, it will be pre-configured with the servers, so that cloud service customers can start, login and discover about popular third-party big data IT services as they explore their buying options.

The MapR claims that the system is so easy that the entire procedure, from beginning, to the learning, can be accomplished within an hour using its step by step lab handbook and video. The test drives are powered by AWS Cloud Formation.

The MapR is presently the only Hadoop distribution of the AWS Cloud that is accessible as an alternative on Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), AWS Marketplace and now via the AWS Test Drive.

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