With the paint barely dry on our US West (Oregon) Region, we are now ready to expand again. This time we are going South of the Equator, to Sao Paulo, Brazil. With the opening of this new Region, AWS customers in South and Central America can now enjoy fast, low-latency access to the suite of AWS infrastructure services.
The new South America (Sao Paulo) Region supports the following services:
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and related services (Elastic Block Store, Virtual Private Cloud, Elastic Load Balancing, Auto Scaling, and VM Import).
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
- Amazon SimpleDB.
- Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS).
- Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS).
- Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS).
- Amazon Elastic MapReduce.
- AWS CloudFormation.
- Amazon CloudWatch.
The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio includes the new Region in the dropdown menu. You will need to restart Visual Studio to refresh the menu.
This is our eighth Region, and our first in South America (see the complete AWS Global Infrastructure Map for more information). You can see the full list in the Region menu of the AWS Management Console:
You can launch EC2 instances or store data in the new Region by simply making the appropriate selection from the menu.
Portions of the AWS web site are now available in Portuguese. You can switch languages using the menu in the top right:
We now have an AWS team (sales, marketing, and evangelism to start) in Brazil. Our newest AWS evangelist, Jose Papo, is based in Sao Paulo. He will be writing new editions of the AWS Blog in Portuguese and Spanish.
We already have some great customers in Brazil. Here's a sampling:
- Peixe Urbano is the leading online discount coupon site in Brazil. They launched on AWS and have scaled to a top 50 site with no capital expenditure.
- Gol Airlines (one of the largest in Brazil) uses AWS to provide in-flight wireless service to customers.
- The R7 news portal is one of the most popular sites in Brazil. The site makes use of CloudFront, S3, and an auto-scaled array of EC2 instances.
- Orama is a financial institution with a mission of providing better access to investments for all Brazilians. They run the majority of their customer relationship systems on AWS.
- Itaú Cultural is a non-profit cultural institute. The institute's IT department is now hosting new projects on AWS.
- Casa & Video is one of Brazil's largest providers of electronics and home products. They have turned to AWS to handle seasonal spikes in traffic.