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Werner Vogels (photo by Leonid Mamchenkov.)
Werner Vogels (photo by Leonid Mamchenkov.)

Amazon Web Services next year will add a new geographic region to its worldwide network of data centers, this one near Paris, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said today in a blog post.

Local organizations using the Paris region will be able to keep data closer to home and will experience lower latency than by using the current nearest region, either in Ireland or in Frankfurt, Germany, Vogels said.

To date, AWS has created 35 “availability zones” in 13 regions. Availability zones are independent data centers within a region, allowing optional redundancy among them. Regions are geographic areas. The Ireland region has three availability zones, the Frankfurt region has two and the new Paris-area region will have three.

More than 80 percent of companies listed on the CAC 40 (the French stock market index) are using AWS, he said, including science giant Dassault Systemes, industrial firm Lafarge, Schneider Electric, and multinational bank Societe Generale Group.

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