Ama­zon gives cor­po­rates in­ter­net base in Ger­many

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Ama­zon will of­fer its cor­po­rate cus­tomers the op­tion of run­ning in­ter­net ser­vices and hold­ing data in Ger­many as it ad­dresses con­cerns from Euro­pean busi­nesses about the threat of on­line spy­ing in the US.

The re­tailer’s cloud com­put­ing arm has un­veiled plans to build cen­tres in Frankfurt as busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments in con­ti­nen­tal Europe have shown in­creas­ing alarm at rev­e­la­tions of wide­spread in­ter­net surveil­lance, ex­posed by NSA whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den. US and UK se­cu­rity ser­vices were shown to be ca­pa­ble of break­ing into the net­works of the US’s lead­ing tech- nol­ogy com­pa­nies, while there was up­roar over rev­e­la­tions that the per­sonal phone of Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel had been tapped.

Euro­pean com­pa­nies hop­ing to gain some pro­tec­tion from this surveil­lance have de­manded that data be held on servers within the EU, which is seen to have stricter data pro­tec­tion laws than else­where in the world. Ger­many in par­tic­u­lar has pow­er­ful on­line pri­vacy watch­dogs.

Pre­vi­ously, en­ter­prises hop­ing to build their web op­er­a­tions us­ing Ama­zon’s pay-asyou-go in­fra­struc­ture would have used the company’s data cen­tres in Ire­land or nine other lo­ca­tions out­side the EU.

Andy Jassy, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of Ama­zon Web Ser­vices, said the decision was a re­sponse to the growth of its Euro­pean business, but also the “cul­tural pref­er­ences” of com­pa­nies.

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