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Go East for Cloud Computing Expansion

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform, will expand into the Asia Pacific region during the first half of 2010

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In the early 19th century, the famous advice “Go West, Young Man” was given to U.S. Easterners eager to explore the riches and opportunities of an expanding still-wild West in America. Now, it seems “Go East, All Who Follow the Cloud” should be the guiding advice.

I saw a recent news story that said Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing platform, will expand into the Asia Pacific region during the first half of 2010 – beginning with a zone in Singapore, to be followed by others around the region in the second half of the year. Software developers and businesses storing data and using cloud-based apps will be able to access Amazon’s infrastructure services from those zones.

Asia Pacific customers will be able to access the following Amazon Services:

-Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

- Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

- Amazon SimpleDB

-Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

- Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS)

-Amazon Elastic MapReduce

- Amazon CloudFront

In the story, I also noticed that Amazon also put out a new software development kit for .NET and support for private content in Amazon CloudFront – the company’s content delivery service. This is the kind of support that enables, say, a website that sells digital products, to restrict downloadable merchandise to paying customers.

I like to hear about the development of support services that make companies feel more secure about doing business on the cloud. We have enough examples of security breaches, outages and other cloud snags that make consumers and businesses jittery. And, of course, I think supplemental services for website owners, such as website transaction monitoring and incidence notifications, go a long way to increasing a sense of security.

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More Stories By Hovhannes Avoyan

Hovhannes Avoyan is the CEO of Monitis, Inc., a provider of on-demand systems management and monitoring software to 50,000 users spanning small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to Monitis, he served as General Manager and Director of Development at prominent web portal Lycos Europe, where he grew the Lycos Armenia group from 30 people to over 200, making it the company's largest development center. Prior to Lycos, Avoyan was VP of Technology at Brience, Inc. (based in San Francisco and acquired by Syniverse), which delivered mobile internet content solutions to companies like Cisco, Ingram Micro, Washington Mutual, Wyndham Hotels , T-Mobile , and CNN. Prior to that, he served as the founder and CEO of CEDIT ltd., which was acquired by Brience. A 24 year veteran of the software industry, he also runs Sourcio cjsc, an IT consulting company and startup incubator specializing in web 2.0 products and open-source technologies.

Hovhannes is a senior lecturer at the American Univeristy of Armenia and has been a visiting lecturer at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of Bertelsmann University.