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January 18, 2016

Amazon to Open its First Canadian Data Centre in Montréal

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of US tech giant Amazon, will establish a data centre in Montréal by the end of 2016. “I am happy to announce that we will be opening an AWS region in Montréal, Québec, Canada in the coming year. This region will be carbon-neutral and powered almost entirely by clean, renewable hydro power,” posted Jeff Barr, AWS blogger Open a new window, on January 13.


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Since 2006, AWS has been offering cloud computing services to hundreds of thousands of companies in 190 countries. The Montréal data centre will enable AWS’s partners and customers to run their operations and store their data in Canada.


AWS Open a new window, which is present in 12 regions of the world, including Brazil, China, Japan and Australia, plans to add five new regions in 2016. Montréal will be the company’s first Canadian region; at present, it has four regions and 13 availability zones in North America, all of them in the United States.

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