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AWS opens Malaysian office, committed to SEA expansion

By Michael Low - on 26 Apr 2016, 5:18pm

AWS opens Malaysian office, committed to SEA expansion

Laurence Si, Country Manager of AWS Malaysia, congratulated by Nick Walton, Head of ASEAN at Amazon Web Services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the establishment of a Malaysian office during AWS Summit 2016 in KL today. The AWS Malaysia office, which is already operational, includes Laurence Si (the recently appointed Country Manager), solutions architects, technical and account managers, channel and alliance managers, as well as professional and training services to support businesses of all sizes across the country.

"Choosing to locate the AWS Malaysia office in Kuala Lumpur speaks to the rapidly growing customer base, the local talent here, and the investment we are making to accelerate cloud adoption across Malaysia," commented Shane Owenby, Managing Director of Asia Pacific, AWS.

Prior to this, AWS educated potential customers about its services and best practices by flying in experts from Seattle and Singapore. The move is seen as a continued investment from AWS in helping local startups, SMBs, large enterprises, and even public sector customers accelerate their move to the cloud.

Internet TV provider iflix was one of several exhibitors at the AWS Innovation Hub area.

With that said, Malaysian customers have began adopting AWS' suite of cloud infrastructure services since 2006 to run a wide range of applications. Some of the notable customers include AmInvest, edotco Group, F&N, Fusion, Grab, iflix, KFit, Kim Teck Cheong (KTC) Consolidated Berhad, and Maybank.

"What defines a cloud? It needs to have the mechanisms for customers to reduce operational expenses; remove the need to do any capacity planning; be able to move faster; not having to worry about lifting and managing datacenters; as well as go global with a push of the button," added Dr. Werner Vogels, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, AWS.

To ensure high availability of their applications, customers in Malaysia can opt to deploy them in several physical locations within the AWS Cloud, the nearest being Singapore, which consists of two Availability Zones. As of March this year, there are 12 AWS Regions for a global network of 54 Edge Locations worldwide. AWS is expected to introduce four new regions (Canada, India, Ningxia, and Ohio) very soon.

KFit's Chief Technology Officer Arzumy MD was on stage to share how AWS has helped the one-year-old fitness sharing platform grew to encompass 10 cities across eight countries, with approximately two reservations every minute. 

During the keynote, AWS also announced that it is seeing 70-percent year-on-year growth, and is now on a US$10 billion run-rate with more than one million active monthly customers. Other updates include the general availability of Amazon Inspector to all AWS customers, the introduction of two new low-cost HDD-based EBS storage options (Throughput Optimized [st1] and Cold HDD [sc1]), the availability of AWS IoT in the Singapore region, and many more.

Following the unveiling of the AWS Import/Export Snowball at AWS re:Invent last year, the new Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration feature allows for cross-country data transfer through the use of optimized network protocols and the AWS edge infrastructure.

AWS Application Discovery Service, which will be made available soon, aims to simplify application migration projects by automatically identifying applications running in on-premises data centers, their associated dependencies, and their performance profile. 

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