Amazon Web Services (AWS), as announced on Wednesday, has plans to introduce a dedicated cloud service in Europe tailored for government agencies and industries subject to strict regulations.

European sovereign cloud to be launched by Amazon Web Services

This illustration, captured on February 8, 2022, displays 3D-printed cloud formations and figurines positioned in front of the logo for Amazon Web Service (AWS), the cloud computing division of Amazon

This sovereign cloud will securely house data on servers positioned within the European Union, with exclusive operational control and support provided by AWS employees who are residents of the EU, as specified by Amazon’s cloud computing division.

The European Union has taken a leading role in implementing privacy and security regulations, with its privacy watchdog initiating an inquiry the previous year to assess whether cloud-based services employed by the public sector adhere to the EU’s privacy protections.

In the current landscape, both corporate and government clients are increasingly turning to the data centers of major tech firms through public cloud services, as opposed to constructing their own infrastructure. Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Oracle (ORCL.N) have similarly introduced their cloud solutions tailored for European government clients.

AWS will initiate its sovereign cloud service in Germany, eventually extending its availability to all customers across Europe.

Reported by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm, with editing by Christopher Cushing

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